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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 skiving snackboxes on September 04, 2009, 03:23 PM report to moderator
351 Points

oh, i’m soo happy

Posted by cztery on September 04, 2009, 03:29 PM report to moderator
180 Points

SQUEE! These are awesome news!

Posted by CissyMalfoy on September 04, 2009, 03:32 PM report to moderator
84 Points

A squee is building up inside me, runs outside and screams yeah, that got it

Posted by readthroughthenight on September 04, 2009, 03:32 PM report to moderator
925 Points

I really hope that Jo is finding this work fun and not a deadlined grind. She has given us so much pleasure and fun with her HP saga, that we must wish her well and possess ourselves in patience until she emerges from her Potterverse and presents us with another treasure.

Posted by Graymayne on September 04, 2009, 03:33 PM report to moderator
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Excellent. Even if it’s a very long way from being finished (which seems almost for sure), it’s good to see she’s working on it.

Posted by infernumflame on September 04, 2009, 03:58 PM report to moderator
2422 Points

This is brilliant! Squeeee!!

Posted by Mr. Brightside on September 04, 2009, 04:01 PM report to moderator
857 Points

That’s really freakin’ awesome. I kinda hope she waits until all the movies come out so we can have some more media hype and premiere fun. The thought that she is “writing in cafes again” just stirs up so much hope and happiness for me.

Posted by kayzz on September 04, 2009, 04:02 PM report to moderator
4186 Points

YAY!!! This is so exciting!

Posted by PhoenixSong {{{ROAR}}} on September 04, 2009, 04:07 PM report to moderator
134 Points

I don’t think any other comment of mine is needed :)

Posted by silviaelisa22 on September 04, 2009, 04:07 PM report to moderator
4881 Points

I wander how long it will take to finish? No matter, will wait for it with eagerness!!

Posted by HBPFan [ITC!] - CatPhoenix14 on September 04, 2009, 04:08 PM report to moderator
272 Points

Yay! The Scottish Book!! I don’t care how long it takes, i just want to own one!

Posted by TheGriff [ROAR!] on September 04, 2009, 04:13 PM report to moderator
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Posted by fifi ~::~ ıɟıɟ {WBM!} {ITC!} on September 04, 2009, 04:16 PM report to moderator
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Fantastic!! But, Mr. Rankin isn’t exactly a reliable source, is he? Could be just kidding as he did before. Maybe Jo will put the trees on her website—that would be so amazing.

Posted by izziewitch on September 04, 2009, 04:19 PM report to moderator
341 Points

How exciting! I hope she’s taking her time and having fun with it. No pressure, Jo!

Posted by ScottMan on September 04, 2009, 04:23 PM report to moderator
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