Ian Rankin Says JK Rowling "Writing Family Trees" and Working on Scottish Book
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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oh my goodness!! I’m so excited just to hear that she is actually still in the porcess of writing, possibly right now, at this moment, It’s all happening
hmmm, , , I really hope she calls it the Scottish Book, that would be a true wink and nod to us Harry Potter fans.
i think it will be called something else but she will have "otherwise known as ‘The Scottish Book’ " written on the cover or cover pages, if not she will at least mention it in the foreword or whatever…
I truly hope that once the Scottish Book (aka the encyclopedia) is finally released, there will be countdowns and midnight release parties and all that jazz. Being new to the book fandom, I’ve missed all the HP book release parties they’ve held over the years. :( Though with the last two books, I did go see the queues here in Helsinki, but because I wasn’t into the books back then, I didn’t stay all night. And it certainly didn’t even cross my mind back then to fly over to London for a midnight release party or for some of those Jo’s reading sessions. But now, if the Scottish Book will ever become reality and if they are going to hold midnight release parties for it, I will definitely do my utmost to be there. In Gryffindor costume, doing the whole fan thing. And I don’t care how old I am when it happens. :)