Attorney for JK Rowling Says Scottish Book is Something to be Completed “Sometime in the Future”


Sep 13, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

Last week we heard from author Ian Rankin who gave an update of sorts regarding the long awaited Scottish book or Harry Potter encyclopedia from J.K. Rowling. As noted before, Mr. Rankin said the last time he saw his neighbor and friend, Jo was “was working on her Harry Potter encyclopedia” and “drawing family trees for all the characters, going back generations.” Today, the Sunday Mail has more from the attorney for J.K. Rowling who cautions the book is not due for release in the near future. Neil Blair is quoted as saying: “The encyclopaedia simply remains something Ms Rowling would like to complete sometime in the future.”

However the tabloid goes on to interview an unnamed “insider” who reportedly said: “Everyone hopes it comes to fruition. “Even though the original Harry fans are now adults the obsession remains and this would be a huge seller.”Obviously she is under no pressure and can pick and choose her projects but Harry is more than just another character for her.”

The piece then says that in terms of a release for the Scottish book “The timing of the books will be important as the final two Harry Potter films are due out in 2010 and 2011.”

126 Responses to Attorney for JK Rowling Says Scottish Book is Something to be Completed “Sometime in the Future”

Avatar Imagehermionegirl7 says: hmmm... well i do hope it's sometime in the NEAR future. but i'll wait 20 years if that's when jo decides to put it out. :)Avatar ImageNimbus-X says: That's to bad... First post!Avatar Imagesimos says: Ohhhh! I want it now!Avatar Imagespiritbound says: cant waiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit for this :DAvatar ImageGiant Fairy says: hm, maybe it s really something i d love to have after the second film- the Last Masterpiece to enjoy in-as she likes special dates-2012, at the "Closure" of the Mayan Calendar??Avatar Imagenesserz says: Let's hope it will be released eventually ;________;Avatar ImageScarStruck says: NEAR FUTERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i want it soon! i can't live without harry potter for long periods of time. maybe after the second part of DH would be a good time.Avatar Imageaxlgirl says: AARGGGH!! Give us dates, please! Just the year will do... Avatar ImageHeartbreakDX says: Oh give us something to naw on! A date! A year!! Something!Avatar ImageMiliMalfoy says: WHAT?? that's not news.. it's just teasing us :( :(Avatar ImageGraymayne says: The less pressure that is put on Jo over " the Scottish Book" the better it will be for us. It is not the sort of project to be crafted to a deadline and it will sell regardless of when it is finally printed.Avatar ImageRinny says: 2012 is way too soon for the book to be out- i don't know much about putting out books, but i can promise you that is way too fast given how large this book, if done right, will be, how much information, how much editing, etc. is going to go into it. i imagine it will take her several years to just gather all the information and decide what she what's to include and how to arrange it, and then it will take a good long while in editing as well. i wouldn't anticipate the release of it, at least not the way I envision in of the quality with the type and amount of information i want until 2020. i could see it coming out on some anniversary of a harry potter book, whether it be when she finished the first or when the last was published... but by the release of the seventh movies? no way.Avatar ImageMrs.Brisby says: It's exciting (for me) just hearing that she's working on it. We'll get it, it may be years from now but we'll get it! I can wait a few years. ;) Avatar ImageMrs.Brisby says: I completely and totally agree with Graymayne's comment!Avatar ImageSigourney1990 says: i want this book so badly, but i'm willing to wait :) i reckon Jo's going to make it really detailed so i'm in rush, i'm sure it'll be AMAZING when it is released :)Avatar Imagevespasian68967 says: Yes, obsession is a good word. We'd like more please. The sooner the better! :)Avatar ImageUnicorn_Turds says: this is awesome news i can't wait, to wait. :D Avatar ImageFGFG says: Argh! This is gonna drive me banannas! I don't care when it comes out. I just wanna know when it will though! And I just want it! I wish I could here something about this from Jo. Nevertheless, I'm excited that she's working on it and were getting alot of news on it recently! :DAvatar ImagehellomotoCOOP says: i hope she finishes it sooner than laterAvatar Imagekiwimci says: I can wait for this, after DH II comes out, I want a nice wait to look forward to somethingAvatar Imagealpaca-girl says: i can't wait until it comes out! it's going to bee AMAZING!Avatar Imageweasleygirl101 says: I hope she puts it out in 4 or 5 years so when we have nothing Hp this will be a big treat! But on the other hand I want this book soooooooooo bad ! It's gonna be so coolAvatar ImageTriple_S says: I'm guessing 2011 will be the very earliest we will see this..taking the time to get it done right is the way to do it.Avatar ImagePetra says: I will wait for it no matter how much.. I'm so happy cause there is another book that we can look forward too.. HP forever!!!Avatar ImageTonks1 says: If we want the book to be all inclusive we must be willing to wait. There is so much unanswered questions. I am willing to wait so that this book will be the best it can be. I know it is hard cause we all are missing Harry so much. It is an ache in our hearts to want more story. I would also love to read something totally different from Ms. J. K. Rowling. I think that would be so awsome! Avatar Imagesunlitdays says: squeeee i love this anticipation for a new jkrowling book!!!Avatar Imagelonerwolfygirl says: awww...hope it's sooner than later lolAvatar ImageHPNAIV says: I'll wait as long as I have to! HP fan for life! :)Avatar ImageMiss Freewind says: I would love to have it soon, but I don't think it shoud be out anytime soon. I want this book to have every single detail of the HP world. There is no way for this to happen if the book is released in 2012. I hoping that she will have the book finished (not released) sometime between 2015 and 2017. That would be 8-10 years after DH was released and even longer since she finished writing the DH. I think this would be plenty of time for her to write the book. I just hope we get the book in our hands by 2020. If it takes longer than that, I will start getting a little impatient. =) Avatar Imagehumbert0 says: It doesn't matter how long it takes to come out and I don't care if I look old to have it, I'm going to have it anyway xDAvatar Imagephoenixes are in ravenclaw says: If takes longer, that just means it will be even better than if she rushed through it just so we could have it...Avatar Imageweasleyalltheway says: i really hoep she writes an encyclopedia! and then after that, she can forget about HP as far as i am concerned! just thi last thing, then she should write everything and amnything esle she wants because i'll still read it, bu we just REALLY want this encyclopedia! that it! pretty please jo???!!Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: It does not matter when the book is published. We as fans should give J.K. Rowling the freedom and time she needs to be flexible in compiling and composing this work. Whenever the Scottish Book, it is sure to be fantastic.Avatar ImageHBPFan says: Don't mind about that..JKR can take as much time as she needs to finish the encyclopedia..I can wait.. :)Avatar Imagemuggle..andproudofit says: i don't care if i'm 97 when the encyclopedia comes out just so long as it comes out ,you know?Avatar ImageLinnyish says: I'd like to have it to look forward to once the 8th film is out and over and no longer exciting. Of course it's obviously up to Jo, but that's when I'd like it most.Avatar ImageMoose_Starr says: Like everyone else, I'm real excited for this book, however long we have to wait for it. All the little hints and clues about it just make it even more fascinating. it will be so cool if she really is drawing family trees for *all* the characters. Avatar ImageWeaselKing7 says: i hope its soon!Avatar Imageshowbiz27 says: This sounds perfect! I will wait...I don't care if I have to wait until I'm long as I own that book before I die!Avatar Imageshowbiz27 says: Imagine looking at Fudge's family trees...or a character that we don't see as much in the actual books. That would make the Harry Potter world even more complex which would be all the more exciting!Avatar Imageaquilus says: I can wait. :)Avatar ImagePeverell62442 says: I think it'd be so cool if the encyclopedia came on in 2017, like on May 2 on the anniversary of the final battle or September 1, Albus's first day at Hogwarts. 19 years later!- that would be so beautiful!Avatar Imagewiltabone says: Nice, I hope they wont take ages to release it !!! I have been waiting for it for a long time :)Avatar ImagexAnaheyy says: MUST-READ-THE-SCOTTISH-BOOK. But no pressure Jo :) I'll wait as long as it takes ! ^o^Avatar Imagejustanargle says: I really want to read the book, but i hope it comes after both deathly hallows, so it can be the final harry potter installment (sort of :P), and we can still have something to look foward to after the films :)Avatar ImageJTEL99 says: Well at least she's still working on it anyway. :DAvatar ImageThe Silver Doe music says: I hope it's not too far away, though I'll take it whenever it comes!Avatar Image-MischiefManaged- says: *@Rinny* and *@Miss Freewind*, I totally agree with you. Jo can and *should* take all the time she needs to complete The Scottish Book, regardless of how soon we fans would like to have it. I'm going to shamelessly repeat (read: copy-paste and edit) myself from the Ian Rankin thread and say that having those fabled piles and piles of papers and boxes full of notes does not mean that putting together the encyclopedia would be fast, that the Scottish Book would practically compile itself. Quote the contrary, in fact. Like *Rinny*, I don't really know anything about putting books together, let alone putting together encyclopedias.. But I would guess that Jo has to go through every single note and piece of paper she's written about the wizarding world over the years, many of which could be hand-written, and that's just a start. Putting together something as huge as the Scottish Book would be quite a complicated matter, involving a lot of decision-making, editing and (re-)writing. She has to decide, for example, how to group and categorise things, how to present the entries, what kind of text style or register to use (somehow I can't see her writing the entries with a rather dull and boring encyclopedia-style text but rather the same humorous, witty style she's used in the books), etc. And, she also has to decide, for sure, whether she's ever going to write something new to bridge the gap between the end of DH and the Epilogue. If not, she can include the information in the Scottish Book. And so on and so forth. Oh and *@Peverell62442*, that's a fantastic idea! :) Releasing the Encyclopedia in 2017, either on 2nd May, on the anniversary of the final battle, or on 1st September, on Albus's first day at Hogwarts, which would be 19 years later. Or, perhaps it could be released on the most obvious day of all, 31st July. :)Avatar ImageLisbry says: I don't care too much for when as long as it's definitely coming. I don't want to wait too long, of course, but I definitely don't want her to rush into anything either which it doesn't look like she's doing, which is good news. This is not the kind of book you have a deadline for. It's not as if it's a sequel to anything and we're hanging off a ciff here, right? Which doesn't mean I don't want it – I sure as hell do – it just means that we don't need it right away. Avatar Imagefantasylover12001 says: Does anyone even know what this scottish book is about?Avatar ImageNecrotoxin says: I hope she takes as much time as she needs to make a great book. Avatar ImageAutumnWizard says: Darn!! I want this book and sooner than later!Avatar Imagesamisapotterfan says: yay!!!!!!!! another night of cos-play at the local borders!!!!!!Avatar Imagesiriusismyhero says: Oh I really hope it's sometime in the *near* future. I can't wait for this!Avatar ImageFifi says: I hope they release the date soon, but on the other hand, Jo, no pressure!Avatar Image-MischiefManaged- says: *@fantasylover12001*, The Scottish Book is a joking name for the Harry Potter Encyclopaedia Jo has talked about in the past. I believe Jo coined the term herself as an analogy to Macbeth, which is commonly known as The Scottish Play among stage actors, because speaking the name of the play on stage supposedly brings back luck.Avatar Imagesgreeter8888 says: I wonder how far back the genealogy will go. Avatar Image-MischiefManaged- says: *@sgreeter8888*, all the way back to the Peverells, I hope.. ;)Avatar Imagesgreeter8888 says: Thank you for clearing that up by the way MischeifManaged. I had been wondering why the book was being called that if it had anything to do with Macbeth. Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: It's more important that it is done well, than done soon!Avatar Imagetune81 says: I'll wait for it. How ever long that is. But then I will celebrate!Avatar Imageqwientje says: does did mean that she wil publish it in 2011 when the last film is released?? would that be logical? OHHH I can't waitAvatar ImageGanduean-Vampiress says: i hope it comes soon although i am willing to waitAvatar ImageGanduean-Vampiress says: i hope it comes soon although i am willing to waitAvatar ImageGiant Squid says: oh well... whenever it come out i am sure it will be amazing!!!!Avatar ImageCatherine says: OMG! OMG!!!! i will wait 15 year for Jo to complete this book if i have too, i really like giving Jo her space so she can do what she does best--WRITE! but a year please....please if they just said 2019 i would be happy!!!!Avatar Imagemaimiaa says: when she's ready, i'll be ready :DAvatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: awesum :) but im sure we'll wait 20years if Jo said it would definatly be released then :)Avatar Image-MischiefManaged- says: Btw, and again repeating some of my words from the Ian Rankin post, I truly hope that once the Scottish Book is finally released, there will be countdowns and midnight release parties and all that jazz. Being new to the book fandom, I've missed all the HP book release parties they've held over the years. :( :( :( Words can't describe how sad I am about that, how much I've been mentally kicking myself on the head for not reading the books sooner. With the last two books, I did visit the queues they had here in Helsinki, but because I wasn't into the books back then, only into the movies, I wasn't queueing myself and didn't stay in the queue overnight. And it certainly didn't even cross my mind back then to fly over to London for a midnight release party or for some of those Jo's reading sessions -- another thing I'm regretting more than anything now. However, if the Scottish Book ever sees the light of day and if they are going to hold midnight release parties and all that for it, I will definitely do my utmost to be there. In Gryffindor costume, doing the whole fan thing. And I don't care how old I am when it happens. :)Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: I don't want her to rush it so I think the perfect time for the book to come out would be after both DH movies are out... maybe sometime around 2013. That way, even though all the movies will be over, another HP craze will begin when the scottish book comes out. It would make Harry live on longer! :)Avatar ImageParkinsonpansy says: define the future lol i cant wait for this to come out j.k rowling can take as much time as she needs to get this done.Avatar Imagemjkalldaway says: i hope its soonAvatar Imagemadman1277 says: i want this alot, i will wait easily, cuse ino that when it is up to Jo's standards then it will be releasedAvatar Imageslwarren says: It would be very cool to see the Scottish Book published just after DH Part 2, to act as the "final installment" of all things Harry Potter related (canonical, of course). It would feel very much like completing the circle...from Philosopher's Stone to encyclopedia. Of course, it would be good marketing to release it in conjunction with the last film, too. Lots of ways to go with this one and, obviously, it should be done correctly...I'm sure Jo won't have it any other way and that's as it should be. It is her universe after all, we just get to play in it. :-) Wouldn't surprise me a bit if all of the profits go to charity...just like Beedle the Bard.Avatar ImageThe Hufflepuff Giraffe says: I was going to say it could be out in 2012, but that doesn't give her tons of time to write it... Even /I'm/ going to be an adult by the time the Scottish Book is released! But at least that way I might have a chance at going to a release date in Edinburgh/wherever she is. Squee!Avatar Imagedcsbelle says: Keeping the hope alive!Avatar ImageBlatcher914 says: I hope that it will be out after all the hooplah with the theme park and the movies, just because the selfish part of me just wants to still keep the very Harry tradition of release parties and craziness alive and well, and we will need something to look forward too after the movies to ease us out of our post-post-potter depression :)Avatar Imageroonwit says: I imagine that Jo is using the Scottish Book as a change from the non-Potter books she is probably working on (and perhaps has even finished) when she is waiting for inspiration or waiting for other things in the production of the book to happen (the later Potter books had a shorter than usual editing process but I imagine she would want to take her time over a new book with a different subject matter, and possibly a different target audience as well).Avatar Imageprincessginevra says: ...and Potter fans throughout the land sobbed, as they realised their speculation about Jo changing her website to announce the release of the Scottish Book was wrong.Avatar ImageSmonocco says: This is good to hear but if it is released soon it won't contain as much information.Avatar Imagegirlatty1 says: Well it will be perfect when she's done.Avatar ImageRavenclaw98 says: i am willing to wait since it takes awhile to collect all of the information the readers want.Avatar Imagemugglemom4 says: I am willing to wait but am excited she has been working on it. Avatar Imageapril_showers says: Personally, I hope she's working on something else. Not that I don't want the Scottish Book. I'm just really interested in what she does next. Maybe another series........ *stops dreaming* That would be too good to be true. Avatar ImageLexitheAuror says: Take as long as you need, Jo. Even if it doesn't come until 2040, I'll still be happy to read it, although I'm sure it will come before then.Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: i hope it doesnt come out to far in the future. i hope its at least early next year before DH part 1 comes out.Avatar ImageAugusta L says: I wouldn't mind waiting on this. I figure that Jo will put in tons of details, and if that means waiting, I'm totally fine with it. Also, I miss the feeling of anticipation before a Harry Potter book was released, and knowing that she's working on this project recreates that for me (sort of)Avatar ImageAugusta L says: I wouldn't mind waiting on this. I figure that Jo will put in tons of details, and if that means waiting, I'm totally fine with it. Also, I miss the feeling of anticipation before a Harry Potter book was released, and knowing that she's working on this project recreates that for me (sort of)Avatar ImageLexitheAuror says: I wonder which charity will get the profits of the Scottish book. Fantastic Beasts and Quidditch through the Ages went to Comic Relief, Beedle the Bard went to Children's High Level Group, so who will she give the profits of the Scottish book? Maybe she'll make a poll on her website about it.Avatar Imagemuggle118 says: this sound so cool cant wait for it to come outAvatar Imagesessionka says: COOL!!!!!Avatar ImageDawna says: Oooh, I hope it is sooner rather than later...Avatar ImageParrowing says: One of the best parts is the anticipation, so I'm willing to wait a while :)Avatar ImageShalanarah says: i am adult *young adult, at least ;)* but i'm still obsessed with Harry Potter!!!!Avatar ImageAlice Weasley says: "Everyone hopes it comes to fruition."... including me!!!!Avatar ImageMikaMaxwell says: I hope she does at least finish it eventually! I would buy a copy immediately, whatever the best, most "special" edition might be, and then maybe even one or two more as gifts for other Potter fans I know!Avatar Imagedeadtree says: well this clears things up-- I was wondering if she planned to release it in the past, or was still planning on going for sometime in the future...Avatar ImageDergus Domwobby says: She should definitely put this book out in 2012 and no later. That would be exactly 3 years before she releases the first in her new series, "Albus Potter and the Dungeon of Dawlish".Avatar Imageluna.quibbler says: soon pleeeaaasssseee!!!! oh my rowling!!!! Avatar Imagealegria35 says: can't wait for the difinitive "Scottish Book"...Avatar Imageatarigurl05 says: 2012 would be the perfect year for the encyclopediaAvatar ImageLeeann says: I really wish we had a release date but I get that she wants to take her time on it.Avatar ImageOldMrToad says: I still have hope it will be published (and I'm able to read it) in my lifetime... OMTAvatar ImageBewareoftheNargles says: I want it to be out a while after the movies are finished, at least. It's like an extra, details about the whole series and it makes sense to be after the movies are finished. And besides, as soon as it comes out I won't have anything to look forward to. Avatar ImageJananae says: I agree with a lot of people here: I'd LOVE to have The Scottish Book now, but I can certainly wait for it :)Avatar Imagelevi-OH-sa not levio-SA says: can't wait!!!!!Avatar ImageTheGriff says: I'm lookin forward to this so much...for any harry potter fan this is a must to complete a bookshelf. I'm willing to wait for ever because JK Rowling puts so much into her work that i know it would be fantastic. Avatar Imagehallowowls says: I honestly start bobbing up & down whenever this book is mentioned!!! it's gonna b sooooo kl 2 hav all the notes on characters and stuff.... but i do think 2020 is too long to wait- some fans will probably have lost interest by then(NOT MEEEEEEEE!!!!) but i think the devoted fans will wait- but they won't be happy about it..... or at least i won't b...... :( :)Avatar ImageFloridianFlounder95 says: it can come out when it comes out. JKR can pick whatever time as long as I get it. it can five years or twenty as long as I can read it. Besides, I want it twice the size of OotP + DH. :)Avatar ImageZivlok says: I think that only people who say the correct password at bookstores should be allowed to buy it, and you can find out the password by snooping around that blasted door on Jo's site. :)Avatar ImageWant to be a Weasley says: The more information included in it the happier I will be, so I guess I will just have to learn to have some patience! But, I still wish it was coming out soon!Avatar ImageCellar Door says: How I wish JKR would update her website and let us know *herself*. I'm tired of hearing what her friend's cousin's butcher has to say.Avatar Imagekira902k says: "The original harry potter fans are now adults" I consider myself an original harry potter fan (I was reading them back in '99) but I ain't no adult. Erm, I am not yet an adult. =D also, I want to see that encyclopedia soooon D:Avatar ImageHorcruxalej says: i hope it comes out soon when i say soon i mean at least in the next 5 years at mostAvatar Imageda_member0808 says: I'm quite willing to wait however long for the Scottish book :) It's going to be awesomeAvatar Imagesairah says: I want this book to be done right not QUICK. [although I wouldn't complain if it were ready sometime in the NEAR future]. I am willing to wait! Im so excited!Avatar ImageKiralay says: If ten twenty years is what it takes, then ten or twenty years is what it takes. Just so long as she herself is satisfied.Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: sometime in the future, now that's not vague or anything! LOL Avatar ImageCzechmetz says: Holy crap! What if she releases it in the same month as the last Potter film? Wooo, YES for 2011!Avatar Imagemewthree says: the longer the better as it keeps harry potter alive and in the media. not too long though.Avatar Imagesilvia_storti says: The event will be huge! I don't care when it is, I just know I'll drop everything for THAT midnight release! squeeeeeee! Avatar Imageccking says: this book cannot come soon enough!!!! I want more from JKR!! :(((Avatar Imageccking says: this book cannot come soon enough!!!! I want more from JKR!! :(((Avatar Imageccking says: this book cannot come soon enough!!!! I want more from JKR!! :(((Avatar Imageccking says: this book cannot come soon enough!!!! I want more from JKR!! :(((Avatar Imageccking says: this book cannot come soon enough!!!! I want more from JKR!! :(((

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