This one time at Writer's Camp…
It’s amazing that, as people are predicting the death of print books and such, one person can come along and change the entire game once more. J.K. Rowling didn’t announce anything, just simply created a website called “Pottermore” with the words “Coming Soon” below it. That is all. And yet, everywhere I look the web is absolutely buzzing about it. So naturally I checked out MuggleNet, which is pretty much the unofficial official “All Things Potter”, and they don’t have a clue, though a lot of speculation abounds.
Me? Two possibilities.
First: all that slasherfic that people have written has finally hit the mainstream and Rowling has decided to cash in on it. Highly unlikely, but then again, ten years ago would you have predicted a Harry Potter theme park?
Secondly: a new book involving either deleted material from Rowling’s previous volumes or (I’m hoping here) the continuing saga of Harry and Ginny’s three boys as they start their Hogwarts adventures. Because though the greatest dark wizard ever has been defeated (spoiler alert — Snape’s just an ass and not a true villain), there is still evil in the world (something Rowling has harped on throughout the series). Plus, could you imagine if Dudley’s kid was a wizard? That’d be for an interesting story arc.
Of course, this is all speculation, but it hasn’t stopped anybody apparently. I seriously hope that one day a book release of mine can generate a quarter of the buzz. Though it may not happen right now, I can still generate a little buzz about the impending release of Lawyers in Hell. I’m starting to feel that familiar tingling sensation as the release draws nigh. Amazon says it is ready for shipping, though the original release date wasn’t scheduled until mid-July: however, IT IS HERE!
Go buy. I’ll sign. Everyone’s happy.
Except for that guy in Duluth, Minnesota, who is still annoyed that Rowling hasn’t contacted him regarding his Snape/Dumbledore/Percy Jackson slashfic…