LONDON (AP) — We now have a title for Book VII: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
But if you want to find out for yourself, visit J.K. Rowling's website, jkrowling.com
, and play a little game of hangman.
Rowling's U.S. publisher, Scholastic, Inc., released a brief statement Thursday announcing the name of the world's most anticipated children's book, the finale to her phenomenally popular fantasy series.
No publication date or other details were offered. Rowling is still working on the book, she wrote on her website in an entry posted early Thursday.
The author said she has been asked for years if she ever dreams she is in the boy wizard's world.
"The answer was 'no' until a few nights ago, when I had an epic dream in which I was, simultaneously, Harry and the narrator," she wrote.
"Perhaps I should cut back on the caffeine?" she joked.
"I'm now writing scenes that have been planned, in some cases, for a dozen years or even more," she added. "I don't think anyone who has not been in a similar situation can possibly know how this feels: I am alternately elated and overwrought. I both want, and don't want, to finish this book (don't worry, I will.)"
Rowling went on to say she had seen a 20-minute preview of the fifth Harry Potter
film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
, which she said "looks fantastic." The latest movie in the blockbuster series will be released in July.
Meanwhile, she has set up a little game for her Potter fans.
If you go to her home page, click on the eraser and you will be taken to a room — you'll see a window, a door and a mirror.
In the mirror, you'll see a hallway. Click on the farthest doorknob and look for the Christmas tree. They click on the center of the door next to the mirror and a reef appears. Then click on the top of the mirror and you'll see a garland.
Look for a cobweb next to the door. Click on it, and it will disappear. Now, look at the chimes in the window. Click on the second chime to the right, and hold it down. The chime will turn into the key, which opens the door. Click on the wrapped gift behind the door, then click on it again and figure out the title yourself by playing a game of hangman.
Or you can just take Scholastic's word for it.