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J. K. Rowling takes fans on a cryptic Twitter quest

Sorry, Harry Potter lovers: Author J.K. Rowling has no plans to write additional stories about the young wizard and his magical friends, despite a series of cryptic tweets that sent fans of the series into a frenzy. Instead, she gave her admirers a peek into an upcoming film that takes places 70 years before "The Boy Who Lived" was even born. It started with an innocent tweet Rowling posted abou
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Sorry, Harry Potter lovers: Author J.K. Rowling has no plans to write additional stories about the young wizard and his magical friends, despite a series of cryptic tweets that sent fans of the series into a frenzy. 

Author J.K. Rowling sent fans on a journey to solve a riddle she posted on Twitter.Today

Instead, she gave her admirers a peek into an upcoming film that takes places 70 years before "The Boy Who Lived" was even born. 

It started with an innocent tweet Rowling posted about her active schedule:

Very+busy+at+the+moment+working+on+a+novel,+tweaking+a+screenplay+and+being+involved+in+@lumos+campaigns.+Back+when+I've+finished+something!

—+J.K.+Rowling+(@jk_rowling)+October+5,+2014+

She then posted a mysterious anagram that left the Twitterverse bewildered:

Cry,+foe!+Run+amok!+Fa+awry!+My+wand+won’t+tolerate+this+nonsense.

—+J.K.+Rowling+(@jk_rowling)+October+6,+2014+

Eventually, fans connected the clues to Newt Scamander, a character in the screenplay Rowling is writing, the Harry Potter spinoff “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Rowling helped folks out by dropping several hints, as well a few corrections:

No+invented+words,+that+wouldn't+be+fair.+"Newt+Scamander+only+went+to+New+York+to+find+a+Pulkmahjkk".+Not+that.

—+J.K.+Rowling+(@jk_rowling)+October+7,+2014+


New+hint,+because+you're+coming+up+with+really+good+suggestions:+the+sentence+begins+"Newt+Scamander+only"+#correctedbecauseoftypo

—+J.K.+Rowling+(@jk_rowling)+October+7,+2014+


Rowling finally revealed the solution, once it was solved by Emily Strong, a self-described "professional nerd and science geek with a love for making, baking, knitting, stitching, all things Potter and sci-fi adventures."

.@EmyBemy2+YES!!!!!!!!!!!!+People,+we+have+a+winner!

—+J.K.+Rowling+(@jk_rowling)+October+7,+2014+


The riddle's answer refers to "a character who features in the film, and which J.K. Rowling explained was ‘the first sentence of a synopsis of Newt’s story,'" according to a statement released by the author's publicist, who also confirmed "there are no plans for a new Harry Potter novel." 

Rowling has expressed her gratitude for everyone who played along, after first teasing her fans one last time:

OK,+the+next+riddle+is...+kidding.+As+I+said+(was+it+only+2+days+ago?)+I've+got+a+novel+to+finish+and+a+screenplay+to+tweak.

—+J.K.+Rowling+(@jk_rowling)+October+7,+2014+


Thank+you,+thank+you,+for+being+the+kind+of+people+who+get+excited+about+an+anagram+#myspiritualhome

—+J.K.+Rowling+(@jk_rowling)+October+7,+2014+

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