J.K. Rowling Drops Harry Potter Hints to Send Twitter Crazy
Riddles, anagrams and cryptic messages...the game is afoot
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling had fans speculating feverishly over the last 24 hours over a series of cryptic tweets sent to her 3.74 million followers. (Update: The solution to the riddle has been revealed.)
The usually active British author has been tweeting less in recent weeks, and now we know why. Rowling told her fans she was busy working on a novel and "tweaking a screenplay" without giving anything away as to the titles of the projects she's working on — although it's a safe bet that the screenplay is Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. She has also been involved in charity work with Lumos, an organization she founded to combat the harm caused by orphanages and similar institutions for children.
Rowling then followed her update tweet with a cryptic message: "Cry, foe! Run amok! Fa awry! My wand won't tolerate this nonsense." Re-tweeted over more than 15,000 times, the riddle or anagram had Rowling fans and Potter geeks around the world debating what it could mean, with the most optimistic fans hoping it was yet another hint that there will be further Harry Potter stories.
Check out Rowling's tweets below and see if you can decipher them.
Very busy at the moment working on a novel, tweaking a screenplay and being involved in @lumos campaigns. Back when I've finished something!— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 5, 2014
.@peruseproject See, now I'm tempted to post a riddle or an anagram. Must resist temptation... must work...— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 5, 2014
Cry, foe! Run amok! Fa awry! My wand won’t tolerate this nonsense.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 6, 2014
Something to ponder while I'm away X— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 6, 2014
Oct. 7, 5:11 p.m. Updated with riddle's solution.