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Back in the day, Harry Potter fans would comb J.K. Rowling’s website searching for Potter clues.

With her site relaunch yesterday, you would’ve thought fans would’ve noticed this new FAQ entry immediately.

Rowling confirms on this new FAQ page that she’s working on a Harry Potter encyclopedia, and that it will take a while to complete:

For a long time I have been promising an encyclopaedia of Harry’s world, and I have started work on this now – some of it forms the new content in Pottermore. It is likely to be a time-consuming job, but when finished I shall donate all royalties to charity.

This is the first time we’re hearing Jo directly confirm she’s currently working on the encyclopedia. We’ve heard her say before she’d consider it – but not that she’s working on it.

This news likely wasn’t caught yesterday by many fans because of her new book title, release date, and synopsis reveal. Some of you say you saw it but didn’t share with fan sites. Sneaky.

Nice job to Micah at MuggleNet for the find.

  • Mdrich12

    YES!!  I thought stupid Pottermore was our “encyclopedia” and I’m so excited that we get an actual one!  Can’t wait!!

  • Han

    There are actually no words to describe this post. The deluge of JK Rowling news has addled my neurons.

  • Samuel

    Aaah, this is great news :D

  • Hermione Granger

    NO NO NO YESSSSS!!!!!!!!!! OMG I DON’T EVEN… It’s like everything I’ve wanted for the last almost 5 years is coming true! Words can’t even… I’d say Friday the 13th is a pretty lucky day!

  • http://twitter.com/ADogOnWheels Aaron Keys

    Good to see she won’t be Americanising the encyclopaedia into an ‘encyclopedia’.

  • Diana

    How did we miss this?!

  • goldensnidget

    This week has been the best week in a long time!!!! Long live Queen Rowling ;)

  • Emily-Jane

    AAAAAAH!!!!! So happy right now :) :) :) :) 

  • Danielle

    As long as she’s working on it and that it will eventually exist, she can take her sweet time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • chaelainev

    I’m so happy! I wonder if one of the reasons she started to write this now is because of the Pottermore flop? I STILL LOVE YOU JOANNE <3 

  • Cori720

    Micah ftw!

  • http://twitter.com/yerrayeah Denis O Callaghan

    This was on snitchseeker before it was on any of these sites…. But YAY I thought there wouldnt be one with Pottermore…

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephenkyleatwood Stephen Atwood

    :O I think I’ve just fallen deeper in love with JK Rowling..

  • Lily

    Oops, I saw it yesterday as well but didn’t share it! xD

    • Juliana

      me too!  haha i thought someone else must have sent it in so i didn’t… oopsy! haha its good though because now we have 2 days of excitement!

  • Firenze

    All hail Queen Rowling. Best news ever.

  • Laura

    WHAT IS AIR. WHAT IS LIFE. It may take a while, but I can be patient. And when it does come…

  • Snape

    This pleases me. Turn to page 394.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=531808242 Courtney Gibson

    I hope it’s huge, and it has everything, and nothing is taken out because of pottermore. Id pay lots of money if the page count was high, especially since its going to charity.

    • Daughter of Eve

      I rather pay a tonne and have this, than the DVD/Blu-ray money swindling that WB is doing

  • Gary65

    2012-2014 the years of JK Rowling. We fans, as a nation, do the claim this time period as JK Rowling’s property form this time to the end of time.

    Amen :D 

  • bell

    I like the heart attack ad at the bottom… totally appropriate for this kind of news!

  • GinnyWeasley002

    I found it out early this morning from a fan FB page…and I let Mugglenet know!

  • Potter

    my guess is that it won’t be released until all the books are released on Pottermore… especially if some of the info will be from Pottermore.  so it will prob be a good 5 years…  but im so happy it’s actually happening!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gavin-Walsh/100000260589961 Gavin Walsh

      five years i say about 2 or 3 years 

      • Potter

        even better!!   i’m telling myself 5 years so i won’t be disappointed if it takes that long and will be extra excited if it comes out sooner!

  • http://twitter.com/chelscantil Chelsea Cantil

    I noticed

  • http://www.twitter.com/vthenerd Vladan Vukmanov


  • http://twitter.com/PikakeFlor Jasmine Alvarado

    Thank you Micah!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so buying this! :D

  • Plat

    This will be a very exciting thing! It will be great to have holes filled in and new info given about the magical world! Can’t wait for this. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rachel-Whelen/514317641 Rachel Whelen


  • Hagrid’s Coat

    *stops breathing* *reads* *inhales* YAYYYYYYYYYYY!

    Andrew, do we know if the old site is going to be archived anywhere? It’s sad to think that the old FAQ’s and cool Harry Potter stuff aren’t there anymore.

  • http://youknewallaboutmysister.tumblr.com/ Victoria

    THIS IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Andrew_ww Andrew W

    This week is the best week since in 2007.

  • http://twitter.com/BrandiTiana Brandi Delhagen

    I smell another midnight release party for this. CAN. NOT. WAIT! Now I’ll definitely wait to buy the once again “new” complete set of all the books until they decide to add the encylopedia as well. It may be a while after it’s release but I will not buy more than one “complete set” as I own each one individually as well. This is GREAT news!!! Viva Jo!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Diego-Hernandez/539018211 Diego Hernandez

      the sad thing about that is borders went the way of voldemort lol and there arent that many barns and noble T_T but i will most definatly be preordering it :D

      • LGray1983

        My thoughts exactly…I would love to go to a midnight release, if bookstores even exact at that point.

    • PotionWillow207

      If she’s giving the encyclopedia sales to charity then it won’t ever be included with the 7 HP novels. Just like you can’t get Fantastic Beasts and Quidditch Through The Ages in a boxed set with the novels. It would be too difficult to divvy up the money and figure out what goes to charity and what goes to the publisher/Jo. More likely is that it could be added to the boxed set of charity books (Fantastic Beasts, Quidditch Through the Ages, Beedle the Bard, encyclopedia).

      Of course, that is assuming that the encyclopedia isn’t 700+ pages. Then it would be unlikely to be included in a boxed set at all. And I would have a problem accepting anything shorter than that as a truly exhaustive guide.

  • http://hypable.com Selina

    YES!!! I don’t have to resent Pottermore anymore!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Diego-Hernandez/539018211 Diego Hernandez


  • http://twitter.com/twixie09 Lauren Gizzi

    Now THIS is what I REALLY want from her!! :D

  • Celithrile


    That is all. ;)

  • http://twitter.com/emilyecstasyTM Emily Bryan

    That damn site wouldn’t load for me AT ALL yesterday and it still won’t. :[

  • http://www.facebook.com/Panhead1922 Ande Anderson

    Nothing could make me happier than this news.

  • belac889

    The Scottish Book will finally be here

  • katie

    Way to go Micah!

    And thank god Pottermore isn’t the only option. I was scared for a good…how many months has it been now?

  • Guest777

    Awsome news- !! Cannot wait.

  • writeworld

    When is Pottermore going to be open for everyone? I heard it was this month…?

    • katie

      Processing error: “Pottermore” and “open” do not belong in the same sentence. Please try again.

    • Celithrile

      As of today, or so I’ve read – still need to go back to that site and check it out properly with the new changes. And lol, katie :D

  • Tucker

    Great Job Micah! I went to the site and I didn’t even see that. I think that the problem with JK Rowling’s new site, its kind of  hard to navigate, so it doesn’t suprise me that it wasn’t found right away.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VCJSDSEDKYOBEKWGIXCDB2QPYA Henry

    OMG!!! this is all i wanted!!! thanks J.K.!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/RonWeasleyWhore Ronald Weasley

    Follow Me #sleazyweasley

  • Saroja

    AND it’s for charity! 

    • Blank

      well, like everything she does nowadays is for charity…

  • http://eternalbookshelf.wordpress.com/ Ani Sharmin

    I’m so happy about this.

  • annie

    this is honestly better than a new book

  • http://twitter.com/NatashaPeartree Natasha Pereira

    Hallelujah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and yaaaayyyy micah/mugglenet!!!

  • TexCausingAScene

    This is great news, but I can’t get very excited until I know an actual time frame. This could be 5 or even 10 years away for all we know. 

  • Jham2015


  • Emma mae

    yes finally some news on this book actually being written.  thank god pottermore isnt going to be the only outlet of new things from jo!

  • Trel

    Woooo watch it comes out in 7 years lol

  • ladybirds

    We need a new MuggleCast ASAP. :-D There is a lot of new and exciting news for the fans of Rowling. :-)

  • TheFirst

    Is it bad that I’m more excited for this than I am for her new novel…?

    • Steph:)

      me too!!!

      • Celithrile

        Me three! :D

        • GinnyWeasley002

          Me four!!!!

          • HarryHungerAvatar12

            Me five

          • HPForever3 :)

            Me six!! :P 

  • writeworld

    So, I don’t know if I’m alone in thinking this, but I’m very hesitant to get excited about an encyclopedia. We don’t know if it’s going to include new information or simply itemize information found in the books and on Pottermore. We don’t know how long it will be or when it’s coming out or how it will be organized.
    I am skeptical. But hopeful.
    I, for one, want to know things like:
    - How large is Diagon Alley and its side streets? What are the shops and who works there? What is the population?
    - How large is Hogsmeade? What are the shops and who works there? What is the population?
    - Where are the other wizarding communities in Great Britain? The world? How does wizarding life differ in, say, the USA or China from that of GB?
    - How does the legal system work?
    - Where are all the female goblins and centaurs?
    - Where do wizards go for university? Technical schools?
    - Is there a complete map of Hogwarts (or as complete as possible)? Can we have it, please?
    - What is the complete life story of characters like the Marauders, Draco Malfoy, and the Black Family?
    - More on why wizards aren’t constantly modifying each other’s memories and going invisible and impersonating each other.
    - What are all the departments in the Ministry of Magic and what is their function?
    - What are all the Quidditch teams in the world, who’s on their teams, and what is their history?
    - How does manufacturing work in the wizarding world?
    - Why don’t wizards come into more contact with the overwhelmingly large muggle population more often?
    - Where did wealthy wizarding families get their money?
    - More on wandlore. A lot more.
    - More on magical artifacts (e.g. People say that the Founders objects have magical properties, so what are they and why and how did they get these properties?)
    - More on wizarding governments’ relationships
    - More on Hogwarts’ history
    - More on the Founders
    That’s a lot of information, and that’s only the stuff I can think of off the top of my head. I feel like I’d be setting myself up for disappointment if I got excited now about this encyclopedia. I mean, of course I’m stoked, but I don’t even know what I’m actually stoked FOR yet, so it’s probably too soon to tell, you know?

    • Hagrid’s Coat

       I think she’ll give us everything that she has come up with, which will be a lot. However, I think there are some things that she probably hasn’t considered or know come up with answers for. For example, in terms of population, either in Hogwarts or just in general, I don’t think the numbers are very important to her, so it’s a bit fuzzy. From what we’ve heard from her so far, I think we’ll be getting a lot of back story.

    • HarryHungerAvatar12

      Ya I have alot of hopes for it too.

  • emilyful

    AAAaaaaaaahmygod!! Lol will probably be released in 10 yrs!

  • HPForever3 :)

    FINALLY!!! :) I was slightly disappointed when Pottermore came out because I thought it meant no encyclopedia but I’m ecstatic about hearing that she followed through with the idea of having a legitimate book version of an encyclopedia! There is nothing that can beat ink and paper…after all, it is her daughter’s twin. :)

  • http://twitter.com/xhpfanatic Grace Chen


  • guest

    The last three sentences made me literally LOL. Thanks A.Sims!

  • http://www.eigakanthemovietheater.blogspot.com Jenny Leigh


  • Lauren


  • Dobby’s Sock

    When I saw this my jaw literally dropped, it’s been so long since the interview with Pottercast where Jo was talking about “The Scottish Book” that I thought she was never going to release an encyclopedia. Jo you are marvelous, tantalizing us with this news!

    I think the encyclopedia will come out before or just after “The Casual Vacancy”. Remember how quickly Beedle the Bard came out when that was confirmed for release? Considering Jo has most of the information already written, I can’t see it being too long, maybe six to eight months minimum.

    Can’t wait for this to come out! *fan girl squeal*

  • Fetesha

    Finally! So excited for this. Now this I would happily fork out a pretty penny for.

  • Delfy

    What about the Harry Potter Encyclopaedia?
    Updated May 2012I have been enjoying sharing information about Harry’s world on Pottermore for free, and don’t have any firm plans to publish it in book form.

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