The Internet ceased all other activity for a brief period of time today after J.K. Rowling (author of the Harry Potter series, in case you live in the most secluded cave to ever exist) began tweeting out clues regarding the synopsis of the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off film based on the in-world book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Rowling’s initial tweet to challenge fans’ riddle-solving abilities dropped yesterday, and took the form of an anagram:
Harry Potter fans are accustomed to Rowling’s use of anagrams, as they appeared often within the stories. This one, however, set off a storm when one fan guessed the proper rearrangement to be
“Harry returns! Won’t say any details now! A week off! No comment.”
Sadly, that was not to be. Rowling returned to Twitter today to lend another helping hand to those trying to decipher her cryptic clue.
It’s pretty amazing that Harry Potter started in a world that didn’t have the type of social media and creator-fan interaction that we’ve grown so accustomed to today, but now dropping hints and playing riddle games with fans about a follow-up is not only plausible, but actually just happened. Things like this keep fictional worlds and fans’ love of them alive. And are pretty great procrastination tools as well.
As for the answer? We won’t post it in case you’d like to solve it yourself, but Rowling’s final tweet on the matter (for now) can be found here.
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