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By Ricardo Montero, Layout Editor

On Monday, J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, tweeted a cryptic and confusing tweet that reads as follows, “Cry, foe! Run amok! Fa awry! My wand won’t tolerate this nonsense.”

Fans, and just pretty much every person on Twitter, were rioting over what this tweet could mean, deducing it as a riddle. It was suggested that perhaps a New Harry Potter book or film was in the works, and that it was an anagram for it.

A few fans translated this to “Harry Returns! Won’t say any details now! A week off! No comment,” to which thousands of hopefuls sang Hallelujah to, in unison.

However, on Wednesday, October 8th, Potterhead dreams were crushed when Rowling said “j.k.” to this assumption.


One follower correctly deciphered the anagram by suggesting, “Newt Scamander only meant to stay in New York for a few hours.” and Rowling rang the bell and yelled “We have a winner.”


Newt Scamander was the fictional author of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” a book that Harry Potter needed for his Care of Magical Creatures class. The actual book was published by Rowling in 2001.

Rowling stated that the tweet stood for the first sentence of a synopsis to a new film trilogy, starring Newt Scamander.

She has begun writing a screenplay for the first film, which will be set in 1920’s New York City, 70 years prior to the birth of Harry Potter.

The basic plot is that Scamander is writing his book, rests in New York for a bit, but finds himself some conflict which leads him to stay longer than expected.

Now, everyone, let’s be clear that this is not a prequel to Harry Potter, which means that the majority of the characters that audiences are familiar with will not be in this movie. It is but an extension to the Wizarding World, in a whole new setting, in a whole new time period, with a brand new storyline.

(Harry Potter knowledge Alert) However, do not be shocked to see characters such as: Dumbledore, Olivander the Wandmaker, Bathilda Bagshot, and pretty much all the old people from the original series in this film.

I am assuming that Gellert Grindelwald, the “Voldemort before Voldemort,” will be the main antagonist. This leaves open a spot for Dumbledore’s and Grindelwald’s legendary duel for the Elder Wand, which is mentioned in the Harry Potter series, and sounds so awesome that I can hardly type anymore.

Fantastic Beasts

Fantastic Beasts

The film is scheduled to release in 2016, if everything goes well, but apart from the 20s New York setting and the overall plot, no other information has been released.