Cry, foe! Run amok! Fa awry! My wand won't tolerate this nonsense.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 6, 2014
J.K. Rowling had made it clear earlier on that she was excited to tease something, though it was unclear what it was she was teasing. Initial speculation was that the anagram was in reference to the novel Rowling said she was working on two tweets prior, and many went so far as to think that the aforementioned novel was none other than a Harry Potter tale of some sort.
Potter and J.K. Rowling fans around the world tried their hand at solving the anagram, receiving the occasional push or encouragement from the bestselling author.
#helpfulhint The solution is the first sentence of a synopsis of Newt's story. It isn't part of the script, but sets the scene. — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 7, 2014
#Hint2 There's only one sentence hidden in the anagram, it is written in natural English and it concerns Newt Scamandar. #3hintsreally
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 7, 2014
An example of something it doesn't say: "I brung bick Harry. U gladd. Me go wurcke now. No speak." — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 7, 2014
Several hours later, fans finally found a solution to the riddle, which read, "Newt Scamander only meant to stay in New York for a few hours."
Immediately, one can surmise this isn't quite the Harry Potter story some fans had in mind, but does this have to do with Rowling's upcoming novel? It doesn't appear so. This line is actually the first sentence of the Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them synopsis, which is the first in a film trilogy J.K. Rowling is writing for Warner Bros (via Hypable).
So was this some sort of big viral campaign for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a film that is over two years from its release? While the potential is there, more than anything it seemed like something to keep Rowling entertained as she finished up her projects, but it sure got a lot of fans excited. If nothing else, it was a great opportunity for Rowling to interact with her fans in a personal and fun way.
Does this have you excited for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, or were you just disappointed that we still have no idea what novel J.K. Rowling was working on? Let us know below!