Author J.K. Rowling is not foreign to being a tease, and this afternoon she hinted on Twitter at potential new Harry Potter content. Originally, Rowling tweeted about how she is busy at work on a new novel and writing a screenplay, an innocent enough message to her fans. However, when one fan remarked how she continuously analyzed Rowling’s tweets for potential messages, Rowling responded that she was tempted to provide a riddle. So, of course, a short time later, she did.
The riddle, reading like nonsense with a Potter spin, sparked an immense debate online as the Harry Potter-themed tweet was put under scrutiny. The author mentioned in her second tweet leading up to the riddle that she wanted to use an anagram, so naturally, fans began to rearrange the letters and words in the tweet. Certain phrases such as “fa awry” were put under an even more detailed microscope by scurrying fans as a result of the phrase immediately being a clue that an anagram was at play. Once the game was afoot, the ever-so-analytical community of Reddit decided to try their hand at the puzzle. Users quickly deciphered a number of key words they believe to be potential answers, from the phrase “Harry returns! Won’t say any details now!” to the spelling of the name Newt Scamander, the main character in Rowling’s new Hollywood script that Rowling is currently writing.
When J.K. Rowling hinted at potential new Harry Potter content Tuesday on her Twitter, some critics believed that the riddle did not refer to Harry Potter, but rather to the script for the upcoming Hollywood flick the author has incredible control over. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the title of the film, and it is based off of a companion piece to Harry Potter that Rowling released in 2001. When Warner Brothers announced they would be shooting the film as the first in a trilogy, the industry was surprised that Rowling would be penning the script herself. Normally, authors do not pen the adaptations of their books directly, instead having a screenwriter take a crack at the story. The announcement of the author’s debut as a screenwriter gave her a good deal of creative control over Fantastic Beasts, or at least, much more than an author traditionally receives when the film is made. Although the film does not directly correlate to Harry Potter the character, it takes place in the same universe, only in the 1920’s, and from the perspective of Newt Scamander: a world adventurer chronicling his travels for a book that Potter will later utilize at Hogwarts.
Recently, Rowling has also enjoyed bringing the Harry Potter universe back in small doses on her website, Pottermore. In July, the author released a short story updating fans on the lives of their favorite magical trio in their 30s. That is why her cryptic Twitter posts are frequently analyzed, since she is clearly delving very deeply back into the Potter universe after a few unsuccessful attempts to write adult-oriented novels. Her ties to her magical world proved too strong and readers were disappointed that her releases were not Potter related, missing the point that they were not necessarily supposed to be. Rather, the author was attempting to break away from her own creation.
In any case, J.K Rowling seems to be returning to the pastures of Harry Potter, as her mysterious Twitter posts are hinting at new content, whether that be a new novel or the screenplay for Fantastic Beasts. Rowling commands an incredibly powerful hand over the media as a result of these games, a press tactic that will surely become increasingly more useful as these creations come to fruition.
By Brett Stewart