The “Harry Potter” author has fans eagerly awaiting an announcement from her new website. Are Harry and his wizardly friends set to return?
“The owls are gathering… Find out why soon.”
That is the tease on the Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has put up on her latest webpage. It features a clock ticking down the seconds until Thursday, June 23. So expect some big announcement then!
The final movie in the incredibly popular Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2” is due out next month. Rowling has launched a new website http://www.pottermore.com, and is giving us teasers of it on YouTube. Rowling’s representatives have said the site is not about “a new book” and “not directly related” to the upcoming film.
So what can it be?
Web surfers visiting www.pottermore.com are welcomed by a screen with two owls and the message “Coming Soon” scrawled across it.
If you click on an owl you are redirected to a Youtube page with a clock marking down time until June 23, and the message “The owls are gathering – find out why,” This has fuelled much excited speculation among Harry Potter fans.
Ms Rowling’s spokesman, Rebecca Salt, said: “There is a holding page up at the moment. It is a new project and not a new book and it’s not directly related to the film. We are not saying anything more at the moment.”
The “Pottermore” trademark is owned by Warner Bros, the films’ distributor.
So since we don’t yet know what will be anounced on Thursday, we just have time for some fevered speculation. Come join us!
Will it be:
1. A Harry Potter encyclopedia?
J K Rowling has said several times that there is a need for “a comprehensive reference tome of the wizarding world of Hogwarts.”
2. A spin-off site for minor characters
J.K. Rowling has said that “she created backstories for most of the beloved side characters, much of which were never revealed in the novels.” Maybe Pottermore will be where we find out more about these additional characters.
3. A video game
There is some speculation that Pottermore might be an abbreviation for “Potter Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Experience.” A huge multiplayer online role-playing game set in the wizarding world woud be pretty awesome, wouldn’t it?
4. A social network for Harry Potter fans
The teaser site and YouTube page both feature owls, which facilitate long-distance communication in the wizarding community. So a place for fans to gather and chat seems possible. But if that was going to happen, wouldn’t it have been before the series came ot an end?
5. Harry Potter e-books
Many people are surprised that the Harry Potter series has not yet been released as electronic books. But this does seem to be an awful lot of hype if Rowling is only going to annouce ebooks. Maybe that’s all it is but it will be a major disappointment!
6. A new theme park
Maybe the UK is getting its own Harry Potter theme park. But “E! Online! is declaring, “There’s already one in Orlando, so a second park doesn’t seem all that likely.” They have a point, don’t they?
7. A real wizarding school
Oh come on now, we all know the magic is real! Maybe it’s about time we all learned some.
Have any of you got any better ideas of what J.K. Rowling will announce on Pottermore.com on Thursday, June 23?