Earlier this week, “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling had fans in a complete flurry of speculations over a 24-hour period. The author sent out cryptic tweets to her more than 3.7 million Twitter followers. Usually, Rowling is very active on twitter, but hasn’t been over the past several weeks. Rowling told her fans she was busy working a novel and “tweaking a screenplay” without sharing titles.
Then, the beloved YA author tweeted the cryptic message: “Cry, foe! Run amok! Fa awry! My wand won’t tolerate this nonsense.” The tweet was re-tweeted nearly 20,000 times with around the same amount of favorites. Needless to say, Rowling stirred up a lot of controversy and speculation in less than 140 characters.
While many know that Rowling is working with Warner Bros. on a “Harry Potter” spinoff movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, it seems she may be hinting to another Harry Potter extension. Warner Bros. was also behind the eight Harry Potter movies released between 2001 and 2011 that took in $7.7 billion US at the global box office. The series also sold more than 400 million copies of the Harry Potter books, according to Scholastic.
After the initial tweet, Rowling sent out several helpful hints throughout the day that led the riddle as part of the new movie about Newt Scamander. An astute Reddit user points out that those 12 words are a perfect anagram for “Harry returns! Won’t say any details now. A week off. No comment.” Although it’s unclear what she is teasing, it appears something is in the works. Whatever the cryptic tweet means, it is driving Harry Potter fans crazy.
Update: According to TIME, “Emily Strong – a PhD student at the University of Sheffield who regularly updates her own blog and describes herself as a lover of ‘all things Harry Potter’ in her Twitter bio – tweeted the solution at the Harry Potter author on Tuesday afternoon: ‘Newt Scamander only meant to stay in New York for a few hours.’” Reportedly, Rowling confirmed Strong’s answer within two minutes. The mysterious anagram was a reference to Fantastic Beasts.