J.K. Rowling to conjure Harry Potter encyclopedia for muggle charities
Four years ago, the British writer took an independent U.S. publisher to court to stop its plans for a reference book on the world of the fictional boy wizard, saying it constituted a “rip-off” of her work.
On her revamped Web site, Rowling addressed the question of a Harry Potter encyclopedia in a “frequently asked questions and rumors” link.
“For a long time I have been promising an encyclopedia of Harry’s world, and I have started work on this now,” said the 46-year-old, whose announcements related to Harry Potter are closely followed by millions of fans.
“Some of it forms the new content in Pottermore.”
Pottermore, a free Web site allowing visitors to navigate the stories and discover new content not in the original books, is one of several Potter spin-offs following the completion of the seven-novel series.
The novels have sold more than 400 million copies worldwide and spawned a hit eight-movie film franchise that has helped turn Rowling into the world’s most successful author.
“It is likely to be a time-consuming job, but when finished I shall donate all royalties to charity,” Rowling added.