JK Rowling has sent Harry Potter fans into an anagram-deciphering frenzy after posting a tweet that led many to speculate the young wizard will return.
Rowling tweeted a series of cryptic messages on Monday, including:
Rumours soon went into overdrive as Twitter and Reddit users tried crack the code.
They came up with with this telling line: “Harry Returns! Wont say any details now! A week off! No comment.”
But Rowling hinted that one fan’s guess of “Newt Scamander’s History of New York Fauna: One town, my tale” was much warmer.
The message references Rowling’s new Potter spin-off screenplay based on her novel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The book, published in 2001 under the pseudonym Newt Scamander, is based on the fictional magizoologist’s Hogwarts textbook in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
In a later, more telling tweet, Rowling also wrote: “#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.”
She also thanked her nearly four million followers “for being the kind of people who get excited about an anagram #myspiritualhome”.
Rowling called time on her seven-book Harry Potter series in 2007.
Since then the 49-year-old has written other books under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.