Mysterious JK Rowling Tweet Teases the Return of Potter
If you were a diehard Harry Potter fan between 1997 and 2007 (like a certain article writer), you may remember the anagrams and puzzles posted to jkrowling.com that teased novel content before books were released.
It seems J.K. is up to similar antics again, though this time using Twitter. On Monday, she tweeted the following puzzle, telling fans that it was “something to ponder” while she was away:
Cry, foe! Run amok! Fa awry! My wand won’t tolerate this nonsense.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 6, 2014
Speculation and rumors ensued, with one Redditor pointing out it could be an anagram for, ““Harry Returns! Won’t say any details now! A week off! No comment.”
Naturally, the internet went crazy. Moviepilot posted an article speculating what the return of Harry could mean. Though, as with many pipe dreams, the guess was too good to be true. Rowling later posted further hints, stating that the Tweet had to do with Newt Scamander and sets the scene for the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie.
Later, the anagram was revealed to be: “Newt Scamander only meant to stay in New York for a few hours… ”
But let’s stop for a minute and discuss what it would mean if Rowling truly meant to add to the Harry Potter story. Would it really be so great? I’ve already shared my thoughts on the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie, and my opinion on an expanded Potter universe doesn’t much differ from it.
Frankly, I just don’t see the point.
Is the Harry Potter series perfect? Of course not. But at the end of it, I felt satisfied. The story is settled, I know what I need to know, and any additional content would feel unnecessary.
Logically, there are two possible avenues additional Potter books could take: prequels or sequels. I would argue we don’t need either.
Why We Don’t Need a Harry Potter Prequel
I fell in love with the characters in the time period they were written. By that I mean, part of what made the books great involved uncovering the Potter’s and Voldemort’s past and connection alongside Harry. (Prisoner of Azkaban, anyone? It still remains my favorite book in the series, solely based on the familial revelations.) We learned enough about Harry’s lineage and we really don’t need to know more. We went through the story with Harry – he’ll never be able to learn detailed information about his parent’s lives, so why should we? How does it really tie to the characters we grew to love?
Plus, we know how it ends: Lily and James are dead, Pettigrew betrays them, and Sirius is carted off to Azkaban on false charges. And we’ve also learned a great deal about Voldemort’s background thanks to the Half-Blood Prince. There simply isn’t any suspense, or mystery, or anything to keep us on the edge of our seats as the original novels did.
Why We Don’t Need a Harry Potter Sequel
Voldemort is dead. Donesies. Kaput. Sure, Harry eventually becomes England’s Next Top Auror, but what action can we drum up that trumps defeating the most powerfully evil wizard of all time? Please allow me to answer: nothing. Personally, I have no need to read about him defeating lower-level dark wizards while rising through middle management to head the department.
And if you try to tell me we could read about Harry, Hermoine, and Ron’s kids going through Hogwarts, I will slap you silly. No one needs to read about that. What antics could these kids really get up to? Sneaking off to Hogsmeade and playing pranks on Slytherins? ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ…
However, I won’t say that watching the hubbub around JK Rowling’s tweet over the last couple days wasn’t fun. It brought back fond memories of stalking jkrowling.com for potential clues and updates. And penning Rita Skeeter and Ginny Weasley’s commentary of the Quidditch World Cup was a delightful, short read. I’d love to see more mysterious tweets and small easter eggs; I just don’t need a new book.