J.K. Rowling’s teasing Tweets (UPDATE: Fan Solves Riddle)

Oct 07, 2014

Posted by: Catherine


Our favorite author, J.K. Rowling, made another visit to twitter–her first since the finale of the Scottish Referendum. Her first tweet was to let us, her fan base, know that she was busy working on many projects, including a novel and a screenplay. It is safe to assume that the screen play is her first script as a screen writer for The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series. The novel….well, that left fans guessing a little more. We already know that Ms. Rowling has an unlimited amount of Comoran Strike mystery novels planned, and a publishing pattern of one mystery novel a year seems to be emerging. However, noticing how her fans seem to be captivated by analyzing her tweets, Jo thought she’d play the game with us, and leave more cryptic, teasing tweets for her fan base to riddle out while she was working away. The temptation of playing games seems to be more powerful than the urge to continue work; take a look:

Lumos CEO says children in institutions at risk of trafficking and exploitation –

Very busy at the moment working on a novel, tweaking a screenplay and being involved in campaigns. Back when I’ve finished something!

Everytime tweets I stop what ever I’m doing and analyze it for an hour.

. See, now I’m tempted to post a riddle or an anagram. Must resist temptation… must work…

Cry, foe! Run amok! Fa awry! My wand won’t tolerate this nonsense.

Something to ponder while I’m away X

.‘s cryptic tweet,”Cry, foe! Run amok! Fa awry!” is clearly an anagram meant to warn us that her “fur work canoe may fray.” Duh.

“Newt Scamander’s History of New York Fauna: One town, my tale” Warmer.

is this the start of the film?

. Much warmer.

The solution is the first sentence of a synopsis of Newt’s story. It isn’t part of the script, but sets the scene.

What do you think Jo is up to? Leave comments below, and on Twitter, and maybe we can figure this one out together!

After quite a few hilarious attempts from fans, and a few tweeted hints from J.K. Rowling, someone finally cracked the code. “Cry, foe! Run amok! Fa awry! My wand won’t tolerate this nonsense” translates into “Newt Scamander only meant to stay in New York for a few hours.” J.K. Rowling praised the fan by saying how much she was impressed, and deeming her “The One True Hermione of Twitter.”

Newt Scamander only meant to stay in New York for a few hours…

. YES!!!!!!!!!!!! People, we have a winner!

You are hereby christened The One True Hermione of Twitter. I am deeply impressed, that really wasn’t easy!

Well, I’m limp, frankly – limp. A few suggestions were spookily close to the script!

OK, the next riddle is… kidding. As I said (was it only 2 days ago?) I’ve got a novel to finish and a screenplay to tweak.

Thank you, thank you, for being the kind of people who get excited about an anagram

Newt only meant to stay in New York for a few hours. Circumstances ensured that he remained… for the length of a movie, anyway. X

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