JKRowling.com Update: No Plans to Publish Harry Potter Encyclopedia

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May 22, 2012

Posted by EdwardTLC

In an update on J. K. Rowling’s website, the author makes quite clear that plans to publish a physical copy of a Harry Potter Encyclopaedia are not on the horizon. The entry, updated May 2012, reads:

What about the Harry Potter Encyclopaedia?

Updated May 2012

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.

This statement replaces the April update on her website where she said “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.”

Thanks to Becca for the heads up!





31 Responses to JKRowling.com Update: No Plans to Publish Harry Potter Encyclopedia

Avatar ImageDeliaDee says: I guess those of us who are too sick to work and can't afford a computer that can stand up to Pottermore are s.o.l. I feel loved.Avatar Imageroonwit says: I think "no firm plans" probably doesn't change anything except to dampen down expectations a bit. I don't think the Scottish Book will appear until after Pottermore reaches book 7, as I would imagine Pottermore will have first call on the information, and Jo will wait until then to see whether there is enough new things left to justify a book. I do hope the book will appear eventually as I am not convinced Pottermore can reveal everything that Jo has to tell us.Avatar ImageOldMrToad says: (Sigh) May I live lolng enough to see said encyclopedia in print. OMTAvatar ImageMagical Arts says: WHAT? .. But, but, but.. She said she was going to. D:Avatar Imagekatelyner123 says: OMG go HP o. o OMG THE WOMAN IN BLACK COMES OUT TODAY AND I WILL GET IT AND FREAK OUT AND CRY!!!! I LOVE YOU DAN I WILL ALWAYS SUPPORT YOU!Avatar ImageLivi22 says: I agree with roonwit in that I think JKR will wait until DH is out on Pottermore and then decide whether it is actually worth all of the time it takes to compile all the information and all the money and effort in publishing it, especially if all the information has already been released. I would love to be able to hold an actual ink and paper book in my hands, and to be able to look at it whenever I wanted without the hassle of logging in and out of Pottemore and having to search (not to mention needing Wi-Fi) for the relevant information, I suppose that as long as it's there for me to explore at my convenience, we haven't really got anything to complain about.Avatar Imagehorcruxhunter7 says: NO!!! D':Avatar Imagemoglet says: I'll be very disappointed if she never writes the encyclopedia, not so long ago it seemed as if she had every intention of doing it which was quite exciting, so now it feels extra disappointing as I'd really got my hopes up.Avatar ImageAndyM says: I'm very disappointed as well, for two reasons... Firstly because we won't have the book. Secondly because she blocked the HP Lexicon's book from being published as it would compete with her own book. Kind of makes all the legal wrangling a waste of time. Avatar Imagesynesthete28 says: Though I'd really like to have the encyclopedia in print, what makes me really pissed about Pottermore is how all the information is tied to the plot line, and unfindable if you're not exactly sure where Pottermore decided to put it! If Pottermore made an encyclopedia section, THAT would make me happy.Avatar Imageratorr2 says: This is very disappointing. For years I've been waiting for the encyclopedia because she said she would and now I find that it won't be published, just somewhat shared through Pottermore. Pottermore is nice and all but I think a lot of people were really counting on having an actual, physical book to carry around and read all the background and extra information about the Potter world.Avatar ImageCatherine says: awe, i have to say i'm a little disappointed. i'm one of those people who have yet to accept the electronic book era--i like the physical book!Avatar ImageCatherine says: awe, i have to say i'm a little disappointed. i'm one of those people who have yet to accept the electronic book era--i like the physical book!Avatar ImageG.Weasley says: Well I'm not really disappointed. I'll wait until she wants to publish the book. I'm with Puffmione, I may be only 13 but I'm one of those people who enjoys having a physical book in their hand with paper and an actual cover rather than on e-books.Avatar ImageLunaLuver says: Well, was a disappointment. All these promises of actually writing the book, basically stringing us along, now she wants to take the easy way out. Just laziness on JKR part if you ask me. Oh, she'll publish it soon or later, probably when she decides her bank account doesnt have enough zeros.Avatar Image1HarryPotterFan123 says: Well, I hope it does come out sooner or later, and I think we can all agree that Jo deserves a break after 10 years of this...but I have to admit, I am a little - okay, very disappointed. But this doesn't do anything to dampen my love for Jo.Avatar ImageLa La Toadstone says: Promises and disappoints should be the title of her next book...Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: WHAT? But, She said she was going too do it! :(Avatar Imageroonwit says: Fleur-de- Lily: The update says "no firm plans" so it is entirely possible she still intends to publish the book at some point, but she doesn't have a timescale and it may depend on other things, such as how much information goes into Pottermore.Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: I guess she will get around to it when it is time... Avatar ImageWeenyOwl says: It seems to me that enough of the info can be drawn right out of the existing canon that she could hire a small army of assistants to compile about 90 percent of the encyclopedia with little further input from JKR, while she's working on other projects. Then she could fill in the missing bits of backstory at her leisure. She'd have to edit and fact-check the other people's work before final publication, of course, but it's not like it's all some humongous task that she'd have to do on her own from scratch.Avatar ImageRavenclawmax says: C'mon Jo, you've never let me down before, please do this book. There are so many people out there that want this information and you HAVE the information. Pottermore is good, but it isn't everything you promised when you talked about the "scottish book." There are so many ways we hoped you would tell us some inside information about the world, such as your webite, and the disaster that was twitter. I remember when Pottercast interviewed Jo, and she talked of it being 10 years away as a joke. Now I wouldn't be surprised to get it in 2017, or ever. Please Jo, do it!Avatar Imagesilverkacy says: B-b-b-b-ut!!!!!! I deserve this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar Imagejennluvsharry says: Please dont announce stuff like that and then take it back!! i myself would rather have a paper book in hand, rather than have to log on the internet and search pottermore for info. being an older fan of HP, i was disappointed in pottermore ( i guess with all the hype i was expecting so much more!). i really just like the backstories and thoughts of JKR rather than dueling or potions, plus it doesnt take that long to get through the book-then to have to wait soo long for the next book to come up! i also agree that maybe when DH comes out she will put out a physical encyclopedia because there will be a new generation of fans, and bring the old ones back at the same time.Avatar ImageFantasio says: That's very good news. When DH was published, I bet on her never writing the Encyclopedia. The reason is simple: she's planning, since DH, on writing other HP books, and without stating too many facts in the Encyclopedia (especially facts about events after DH) that will be much easier. And she will be able to surprise her readers - a serious Encyclopedia would prevent that. Now we need some patience. One or two non-Potter books, their inevitable failure, and eventually she'll turn back to HP world.Avatar Imageroonwit says: Fantasio: The problem with that is the book won't fail. There are enough HP fans to make the next book successful regardless of its quality. It won't be as successful as the Harry Potter books, but even if the book goes relatively badly, Jo has no reason to turn back to Harry Potter.Avatar ImageFantasio says: Roonwit: that's true, but just for the first book. The second will be even less successful, the third could fail. What is important is the decision to postpone the Encyclopedia, because that's a sign she's not made her mind yet (about ending once and for all the HP series). Of course, it's the success/unsuccess of next books that will decide the matter.Avatar Imageroonwit says: Fantasio: I would be surprised if the books do fail though. I suspect they will at least be ordinarily successful though probably not achieve the super-success of the HP books. Even if they aren't I don't think that will drive her back to the HP world, as I don't think she cares that much about success - I think it is writing that is important to her now, with publishing and success much less so. We will probably still get the Encyclopaedia eventually, but I only think we will get another HP book if she feels she has a new story worth telling.Avatar Imagepaintball says: It doesn't matter. The Lexicon:http://www.amazon.com/The-Lexicon-Steve-Vander-Ark/dp/1571431748 is all we need. Maybe Steve will update the book with all the new information from Pottermore.Avatar Imagegirlatty1 says: Disappointing. Avatar ImageRin68nyr says: sniff sniff....WWAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!

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