This writer just finished reading The Cuckoo’s Calling, and now what’s on my mind is: “What’s J.K. Rowling’s next new book?”

To get to that answer, let’s examine where she’s been and what she’s hinted at.

Rowling’s career so far

Following the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2007, Rowling deserved a break from writing for as long as she wanted. The author had come off a whirlwind 10 years penning the Potter series. Following Deathly Hallows, she had – for the first time in a long time – the freedom to do whatever she pleased without a publisher breathing down her back.

Her first book after Harry took five years. The Casual Vacancy was published in September 2012 and looked at small town politics following the death of parish council member Barry Fairbrother. Though it had mixed reviews, it’s fair to say that many people enjoyed her first post-Potter writing.

Along the way to The Casual Vacancy, she conceived and launched Pottermore, a gift to Harry Potter fans and a way for the author to unveil material about the books she had never before shared. While fans enjoyed it, its popularity has waned due to the lack of reasons for users to regularly return to it.

Rowling’s next big reveal was one we hadn’t seen coming. In fact, we missed it completely. Under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, Rowling published The Cuckoo’s Calling in April 2013. The book had only 8,500 copies across all platforms until someone who learned of Rowling’s secret revealed it to a British journalist, thus setting off an investigation into whether or the book was really written by Rowling. The author confirmed the news in mid-July.

So…what’s next?

We know of one thing for sure: A second book by “Robert Galbraith” will be published next year. In a FAQ section on Galbraith’s website, Rowling says that she recently finished a second book in the Cormoran Strike series and expects it to be released in 2014. This’ll come as good news to those who enjoyed The Cuckoo’s Calling.

But what about a book with Rowling’s name on the cover? Her next move is uncertain, but since the second Cormoran Strike book is already finished, we expect Rowling is already at work on her next book.

Over the past five years, Rowling has said on numerous occasions that she plans to continue writing for children, and that one of her future books is a children’s “political fairytale.” This idea has been in development since at least 2007, which means the book could arrive at any time.

 
J.K. Rowling with 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'
 

The elephant in the room

Harry Potter fans want an encyclopedia. Simple as that.

Rowling may very well be working on one and has said over the years that it’s a possibility, but it came closest to fruition just last year.

After redesigning her website in April 2012, for a brief period of time Rowling actually confirmed she was working on the Harry Potter encyclopedia. “For a long time I have been promising an encyclopaedia of Harry’s world, and I have started work on this now,” she wrote. “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.”

Once fans caught sight of this information, it made the press rounds. Then, the blurb on her site was mysteriously changed to read: “I 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.”

Why the change in comments? One theory is that Sony and other Pottermore partners didn’t want fans to lose focus on Pottermore being the sole place for new information, so they asked Rowling to change what was written on the site. We fear that Pottermore may continue to delay the Encyclopedia, because they’ll want to finish releasing all of the chapters on the site before an all-encompasing book gets published.

In summary…

Rowling seems to be back in the saddle in terms of regular book releases. We can forsee a new release for the author on a yearly basis (every two years max), and while we don’t expect her to return to Harry Potter soon (we’ve come to accept Harry Potter Book #8 will never happen), we would love to see a new fantasy young adult series out of the author.

What do you think is next for Rowling?

Quiz: What is your pet’s Ilvermorny house?

Why should you be the only one who gets a second wizarding house?

1:00 pm EDT, July 29, 2016

Will your pet be sorted into the same Ilvermorny house as you, or will you have to disown them for joining your rival?

Step aside Hogwarts, there’s a new wizarding school in town (or rather, across the sea)! With a new school comes new houses, and a new sorting test. You might’ve gone through an identity crisis after taking the test for yourself, but you’re not the only one who needs sorting. That furry, scaly, or feathery friend needs to know where they belong too, and we’re here to do just that! Last time we helped you find out what Hogwarts house your pet would be sorted into, so now we’ll help you figure out what Ilvermorny house they belong in.

It’s typical for pets to have similar personalities to their owners, so maybe your pet will end up in the same house as you. But to those who have house rivalries, brace yourselves: It’s also possible your pet will end up in a different house than you, maybe even your rival house! Will you be saying ‘bye bye birdie,’ or do you thrive in competition? That probably depends on your Hogwarts and Ilvermorny house.

Whether you have a dog, cat, rabbit, bird, or reptile, all pets are welcome at Hypable’s Ilvermorny sorting ceremony! Take the quiz below and let us know where your pet’s loyalties lie, and be sure to take it for each of your pets (unless they’re a squib. Is there an American name for squib?). Don’t want any of them to feel left out!


Now that you know your pet’s Ilvermorny house, maybe you’ll want to decorate their bed with their house crest (shoutout to the Hufflepuffs)! Or maybe you’ll forbid them from entering your room if they’re in a different house (shoutout to the Slytherins)!

Did your pet get the same Ilvermorny house as you?

Forget seeing Luke Cage and Daisy Johnson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to Jeph Loeb, it’s simply too hard to plan.

Although the Marvel movies and TV series ostensibly exist in the same universe, and although Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does its best to include Avengers references whenever possible, TV show characters are unlikely to ever show up in the movies.

This despite Chloe Bennet’s continued efforts to remind people that she is, in fact, Marvel’s first on-screen female Asian superhero, and the awesome crossover possibilities the Marvel Netflix series have opened up.

Marvel fans have long been aware of the difficulties of bringing TV characters into the movie ‘verse, but at the 2016 TCAs, Jeph Loeb provided a few more reasons for why it’s practically impossible to coordinate.

“Part of the challenge of doing this sort of thing is that the movies are planned out years in advance of what it is that we are doing,” Loeb says, as quoted by SlashFilm. “Television moves at an incredible speed. The other part of the problem is that when you stop and think about it, if I’m shooting a television series and that’s going to go on over a six-month or eight-month period, how am I going to get Mike [Colter] to be able to go be in a movie? I need Mike to be in a television show.”

In terms of planning out the character arcs, this makes a lot of sense. A Marvel movie might be mapped out years in advance of production, for not to mention release, which means any character scheduled to appear would need to have their stories planned for many seasons in advance. The continuity would certainly be hard to keep track of.

Of course they could still throw in cameos, which fans would probably really appreciate — and crossovers from movies-TV are much more doable, as evidenced by Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander)’s multiple appearances on AoS.

But Marvel is wary of doing that too much, too, because “we never want to be known as an Easter egg farm. It has to work within the story. We never want to do Luke Cage gets into a cab as Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock are getting out of the cab,” Loeb says, referencing The Man From U.N.C.L.E..

However, don’t lose hope yet. “Anything is possible,” says Loeb. “As I often get reported by you folks for saying #ItsAllConnected, our feeling is that the connection isn’t just whether or not somebody is walking into a movie or walking out of a television show. It’s connected in the way that the shows come from the same place, that they are real, that they are grounded.”

Would you like to see Marvel TV and movie characters cross over more?

If Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda weren’t enough to get you excited about Mary Poppins Returns, maybe Meryl Streep’s name on the roster will do the trick.

Mary Poppins Returns is not a remake of the original 1964 classic but rather a sequel to the Julie Andrews-led musical. As such, it stands to reason that we’ll be getting some new characters this time around. One of those characters will be Miranda’s Jack, who will be a street lamplighter.

And, according to Variety, another one of those new characters will also be portrayed by none other than Meryl Streep, who will be taking on the role of Mary Poppins’ cousin, Topsy. And, yes, the legendary actress will be taking on a singing role for the film.

This will also reunite Streep with her Into the Woods co-star Blunt, as well as Director Rob Marshall and Producer Marc Platt. Streep played the Witch in Into the Woods, while Blunt portrayed the Baker’s Wife opposite James Corden.

Disney’s official synopsis for Mary Poppins Returns reads:

Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. Drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven additional novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

Mary Poppins Returns and will hit theaters December 25, 2018.

Are you on board with ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ now that Meryl Streep has joined the cast?