Ian Rankin Says JK Rowling "Writing Family Trees" and Working on Scottish Book
September 04, 2009, 02:41 PM
Author Ian Rankin has given a new interview on BBC radio with Simon Mayo (download here) where he mentions his friend and neighbor in Scotland, J.K. Rowling. In the middle of this interview, Mr. Rankin notes that while he has not seen the Harry Potter author in some time, he said she "was working on her Harry Potter encyclopedia" and "drawing family trees for all the characters, going back generations." This of course is not a surprise as Jo has said many times in the past that she is working again on various projects, as highlighted last year when she confirmed she was writing again in cafes, and has often expressed her desire to create the definitive encyclopedia of the beloved Harry Potter world.
Please note, as exciting as this is, we stress that it is important to release Mr. Rankin did not say or imply the Scottish book was to be released any time soon, again just noting he had seen her working on the book aka "The Scottish Book" as she first referred to the name during the interview with PotterCast in December, 2007.
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Good stuff! Can’t wait to get my hands on the Scottish book!
Awesome! Looks like the “Scottish Book” is shaping up to be just as thorough as we all hope it will be. I can’t wait to see the family trees! Yay Jo!
OMG,so freakin’ exciting,i can’t wait for the Scottish Book( i really do hope it’ll be called The Scottish Book :)
This is fantastic news for all of us Harry Potter fans. I wish her the best of luck as she undertakes the task of formulating this encyclopedia and hope it is a rich addition to the universe she has conceived. That said, I also look forward to other projects on which she is apparently working. It will be interesting to see her pen directed toward areas outside of the Potterverse.
Though am VERY happy Jo’s writing again, didn’t Ian once say that she would be writing a crime book (I know it was a joke, but we went into hyperdrive so am on the side of caution – Oh, bother that, SQUEE!!!)
Odd… I can’t find the preorder for the Scottish book on Amazon. ;)
Yay! Scottish Book!
i cant wait for it to be released. ill be so happy!!!!!!!!
This is great to hear! Even if it means that the Scottish book won’t come out in the near future, at least it means she is writing! The world has been without Jo for far too long.
This is great news. i can hardly wiat to see those family trees, they should be fascinating. Yeah!
I’m so, so happy! I hope all the bookstores have midnight release parties for it! i want to dress up my entire family this time.
YES YES YES!!! This is the greatest news EVER!! =D
Awsome news, so happy and now i acnt wait! love how she is making family trees!