You know you’re famous when the media covers your announcement of an upcoming announcement…
In the space of a day both the LA Times and Washington Post picked up on JK Rowling’s mysterious new website. The only clue–“Pottermore“–promises a return to wizard-y ness. Apparently it’s not a book, so we’re left with plenty of speculation. Maybe it’s an online version of the Harry Potter encyclopedia she’s rumored to be writing.
Whatever it is, I hope it doesn’t take up too much of her time, because I can’t wait for a real book from Rowling. Something with brand-new characters and a daringly different genre. Historical fiction, perhaps, or poetry.
In the meantime, I’m running out of ideas for what Pottermore could be. We already have a theme park, the YouTube musical, real-live Quidditch teams, video games and even a ballet (I gleefully await the announcement of a Harry Potter opera. The ensuing effect on the popularity of classical music should be spectacular). My only guesses for Pottermore are
-an interactive choose-your-own adventure game (follow Malfoy into the Room of Requirement or spy on Hagrid’s newest killer pet?)
-role-playing murder mystery a la Clue (Winky in the Transfiguration classroom with a hefty cookbook!)