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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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1189 Points

maybe the book’s characters will make sense in how they relate to each other because its like sirius is tonk’s cousin, who is bellatrix’s niece who is draco’s aunt…etc. it all gets so confusing =] i’m happy for her and i hope it gets released soon

Posted by HalfBloodPrincesss (Jenna Evans) on September 05, 2009, 12:45 PM report to moderator
305 Points

OMG! SQUEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!! This is very xciting news ! Can’t wait !

Posted by weasleygirl101(ROAR) on September 05, 2009, 12:49 PM report to moderator
257 Points

this would be great!!!!!!!!! :D

Posted by HereticPrincess on September 05, 2009, 01:17 PM report to moderator
288 Points

OMG! It’s REAL! I want, I want, I want! :D

Posted by Fereverto on September 05, 2009, 01:35 PM report to moderator
374 Points

What great news. OK, we know “The Scottish Book” won’t be out anytime soon, but it shows that Jo is keeping busy!

Posted by JaneMarple9 on September 05, 2009, 02:02 PM report to moderator
87 Points

YOU GO JO! Write family trees, and maybe even give us more backstory on the adult characters in your ecyclopedia! <333

Posted by RemsyLuck on September 05, 2009, 02:12 PM report to moderator
9916 Points

GOOD LUCK JO!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Life is good!
I’m did a little happy dance when I read this seriously^_^

Posted by Owana Potter on September 05, 2009, 02:25 PM report to moderator
180 Points

YAY!!!! i can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Ganduean-Vampiress on September 05, 2009, 02:26 PM report to moderator
519 Points


That is brilliant news in my opinion! I ought to check that out whenever it gets released. Should be worth the read, yes? I wonder will JKR all ways stay in the Harry Potter world while she is writing or venture into new areas???? Whichever it is, I wish her well.

Posted by Robbie Rowe on September 05, 2009, 02:36 PM report to moderator
480 Points

YES ! WOOOOOOOOOOO ! THE SCOTTISH BOOK IS COMMINGGG ! dies this made my day ! :) but Jo probably wants to include EVERYTHING in the Scottish book so take your time Jo :D !

Posted by Heroine Luna on September 05, 2009, 02:51 PM report to moderator
2866 Points

The day I get it will be my best day, I already feel it!

Posted by ~ Asi ~ on September 05, 2009, 03:04 PM report to moderator
267 Points

omg that’s soo AWESOME!!!!!

Posted by RaWr...WeReWoLf on September 05, 2009, 04:10 PM report to moderator
23764 Points

Oh cool, she’s still working on it!!! :D

Posted by PhoenixFlight [ITC!] on September 05, 2009, 04:47 PM report to moderator
243 Points

OMG! This is so exciting! I wonder if that is why “Do Not Disturb” is on the door on her website?

Posted by Huffleclaw65 on September 05, 2009, 04:56 PM report to moderator
355 Points

Great! Best news I’ve heard all day! And I haven’t had a pretty bad one actually. Can not WAIT. Even though I sort of at the same time want to, seeing as the book will probably turn out a lot better if Jo takes her time and doesn’t feel to pressured. I think. Either way, great news that she’s working on the SB anyway. :D

Posted by Lisbry on September 05, 2009, 05:05 PM report to moderator
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