Harry Potter fans are on tenterhooks before a press conference in which JK Rowling has promised to lift the veil on her next venture.
The author last week directed readers to a cryptic website, Pottermore.com, which says “coming soon” next to Rowling’s signature. Clicking on two owls perched on branches leads to a YouTube video showing a countdown clock ticking towards an announcement at 11am on Thursday.
Speculation has been rife over the announcement. The possibilities include:
An online game: This idea has gathered steam after it was discovered Warner Bros registered the Pottermore trademark two years ago, describing it as “providing multiple-user access to a global computer information network”.
The long-awaited dictionary of the Potterverse which Rowling has been promising for years.
The launch of the seven Harry Potter novels as ebooks (the site notes that Harry Potter and Pottermore publishing rights belong to Rowling)
A social networking fansite.
A new book, which is most wished for among fans.
Daniel Radcliffe, who plays the bespectacled wizard in the films, told the LA Times that “I don’t think that she will” write another Potter instalment. The Guardian