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Ian Rankin Says JK Rowling "Writing Family Trees" and Working on Scottish Book

J.K. Rowling
Posted by: sue
September 04, 2009, 02:41 PM

Author Ian Rankin has given a new interview on BBC radio with Simon Mayo (download here) where he mentions his friend and neighbor in Scotland, J.K. Rowling. In the middle of this interview, Mr. Rankin notes that while he has not seen the Harry Potter author in some time, he said she "was working on her Harry Potter encyclopedia" and "drawing family trees for all the characters, going back generations." This of course is not a surprise as Jo has said many times in the past that she is working again on various projects, as highlighted last year when she confirmed she was writing again in cafes, and has often expressed her desire to create the definitive encyclopedia of the beloved Harry Potter world.

Please note, as exciting as this is, we stress that it is important to release Mr. Rankin did not say or imply the Scottish book was to be released any time soon, again just noting he had seen her working on the book aka "The Scottish Book" as she first referred to the name during the interview with PotterCast in December, 2007.

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Posted by bettb [ITC!] on September 04, 2009, 02:42 PM report to moderator
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Good stuff! Can’t wait to get my hands on the Scottish book!

Posted by Bad-Muggle on September 04, 2009, 02:48 PM report to moderator
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Awesome! Looks like the “Scottish Book” is shaping up to be just as thorough as we all hope it will be. I can’t wait to see the family trees! Yay Jo!

Posted by Ravenclaw Rose on September 04, 2009, 02:49 PM report to moderator
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OMG,so freakin’ exciting,i can’t wait for the Scottish Book( i really do hope it’ll be called The Scottish Book :)

Posted by xxIBelieveInNarglesxx on September 04, 2009, 02:50 PM report to moderator
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oh snap!

Posted by placebowiz on September 04, 2009, 02:52 PM report to moderator
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This is fantastic news for all of us Harry Potter fans. I wish her the best of luck as she undertakes the task of formulating this encyclopedia and hope it is a rich addition to the universe she has conceived. That said, I also look forward to other projects on which she is apparently working. It will be interesting to see her pen directed toward areas outside of the Potterverse.

Posted by Kirk on September 04, 2009, 02:52 PM report to moderator
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Though am VERY happy Jo’s writing again, didn’t Ian once say that she would be writing a crime book (I know it was a joke, but we went into hyperdrive so am on the side of caution – Oh, bother that, SQUEE!!!)

Posted by PewterWolf on September 04, 2009, 02:52 PM report to moderator
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Odd… I can’t find the preorder for the Scottish book on Amazon. ;)

Posted by Ekhetrima on September 04, 2009, 02:53 PM report to moderator
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Yay! Scottish Book!

Posted by gingersnape on September 04, 2009, 03:00 PM report to moderator
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i cant wait for it to be released. ill be so happy!!!!!!!!

Posted by Gryffindor1991 {ROAR!!!} on September 04, 2009, 03:05 PM report to moderator
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This is great to hear! Even if it means that the Scottish book won’t come out in the near future, at least it means she is writing! The world has been without Jo for far too long.

Posted by cosmo409 on September 04, 2009, 03:05 PM report to moderator
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This is great news. i can hardly wiat to see those family trees, they should be fascinating. Yeah!

Posted by Fresca ROAR on September 04, 2009, 03:08 PM report to moderator
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I’m so, so happy! I hope all the bookstores have midnight release parties for it! i want to dress up my entire family this time.

Posted by Hermionerules!1844 on September 04, 2009, 03:17 PM report to moderator
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YES YES YES!!! This is the greatest news EVER!! =D

Posted by axlgirl [FTC!] on September 04, 2009, 03:20 PM report to moderator
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Awsome news, so happy and now i acnt wait! love how she is making family trees!

Posted by TaylerWeasley on September 04, 2009, 03:22 PM report to moderator
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