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Rowling hints at Potter encyclopedia May 18, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Books.

Whatever the fate of Harry Potter in his final book, one thing seemed sure: there would be a parting of the ways from J.K. Rowling.

Now, however, it appears that the seventh volume in the series may not spell the end of their relationship after all. The multimillionaire writer is believed to be preparing for one last look at the world of Harry, Hermione, Dumbledore and Voldemort after the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in July.

Using background notes from the past 10 years, Rowling, 41, is set to compile an encyclopedia of wizardry. It would cover figures such as the founders of Hogwarts school, along with elaborate genealogies of the main characters, and provide a chance to flesh out other figures who merit only a passing mention in the books.

Despite saying it was “highly unlikely” she would write any more Harry Potter novels, Rowling has written on her website, JKRowling.com: “I might do an eighth book for charity, a kind of encyclopedia of the world so that I could use all the extra material that’s not in the books.”

Her agent, Christopher Little, said Rowling had “retained all the rights in the Harry Potter series”, including any companion books “which she may indeed write herself”.

The prospect of an authorised Potter encyclopedia will have fans and booksellers salivating. Sales would almost certainly rival those of Deathly Hallows, which has advance sales of 1.5 million on the internet store Amazon alone. It is tipped to set sales records when it goes on worldwide sale on July 21.

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