J K Rowling’s Puzzling Tweets

Posted October 7, 2014 by Roshan Krishnan in Movies

J K Rowling has left fans across the internet hopeful and optimistic with her recent string of tweets. She is notorious for being scrupulous with details about her projects, and loves surprising her fans with bombshells, but this time, she has reached a new high.

It all started with an innocent update about her workload. Rowling tweeted:

Very busy at the moment working on a novel, tweaking a screenplay and being involved in @lumos campaigns. Back when I’ve finished something!

The screenplay in question was most definitely the Fantastic Beasts adaptation, but fans were more interested in the novel. A third Cormoran Strike novel was the logical solution, but us Potterheads love clinging to our hope for more Harry Potter. Fans started discussing the tweet almost immediately, and one tweet from @peruseproject read:

Everytime @jk_rowling tweets I stop what ever I’m doing and analyze it for an hour.

That is generally my reaction to her tweets. Rowling responded quickly to this tweet with:

.@peruseproject See, now I’m tempted to post a riddle or an anagram. Must resist temptation… must work…

The author is certainly no stranger to anagrams. One famous example from her works is the reveal that(spoilers?) Tom Marvolo Riddle could be rearranged to form ‘I am Lord Voldemort’. Her books also usually feature some puzzle or mystery element.

Two hours after the previous tweet, Rowling tweeted again. She had indeed been tempted as it looked suspiciously like an anagram.

Cry, foe! Run amok! Fa awry! My wand won’t tolerate this nonsense.

The use of wand blew up the internet for a while. This tweet was retweeted more than 10,000 times, and fans were furiously trying to unscramble the anagram to come up with the solution. Fandom bases in Reddit, Tumblr, and Facebook couldn’t stop talking about this tweet. There were a few solutions, but the most promising one was:

“Harry returns! Wont say any details now. A week off. No comment.”

This tweet rekindled the fire in the Potter fandom, as fans started speculating the return of Harry, his children, or even his parents in a story. I found myself hoping for a new series about Harry’s life as an Auror. Rowling was silent for almost a day, but she returned today with a new tweet.

“Newt Scamander’s History of New York Fauna: One town, my tale” Warmer.

An obvious reference to one of the fan theories, Rowling acknowledged that this solution was close, meaning that the tweet was probably about New Scamander, and hence her new movie. As if that wasn’t enough confirmation, she followed up with this tweet.

The solution is the first sentence of a synopsis of Newt’s story. It isn’t part of the script, but sets the scene.

Although fans were disappointed, their resentment quickly gave way to their curiosity as this was the first time that Rowling was giving them information about the movie. Details about the movie are extremely murky; the plot, the setting, the main characters, the casting hopefuls are all unknown elements. The first sentence of the synopsis could pave the way to more information about the movie.

Just a few minutes ago, Rowling tweeted again.

There’s only one sentence hidden in the anagram, it is written in natural English and it concerns Newt Scamandar.

Fans(including myself) are running the phrases through anagram solvers on the internet, hoping to find the prize; details about the Fantastic Beasts movie. It will not be long before we got some solid information from the source. Follow We The Nerdy for updates on this story.


UPDATE 1: The queen has tweeted again: A few minutes ago, she posted this tweet:

New hint, because you’re coming up with really good suggestions: the sentence begins “Newt Scamander only

This opens up many possibilities; currently I think that Sofia, New York, international, and flies are all candidates for a spot in that sentence.

UPDATE 2: We have a right answer! A few fans correctly guessed the first sentence of the synopsis of the Fantastic Beasts movie. It is:

Newt Scamander only meant to stay in New York for a few hours…

Follow We the Nerdy for more content about the movie coming out very soon!

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Roshan Krishnan

Roshan is an avid writer and was recommended by four out of five doctors. He loves watching TV shows, reading as many novels as he can, and generally surfing the internet. He would be a much better writer if he knew how to finish stuf