Harry Potter is universally loved. I’ve come across a few that dislike the series for whatever reason and a few who have never read the books, but for those of us that loved the books we didn’t want the series to end with Deathly Hallows.
Maybe it doesn’t have to. J.K. Rowling has already said that there is the possibility of a Harry Potter encyclopedia. So in a sense the rumor of an 8th book makes sense. But what I’m talking about isn’t an encyclopedia. Rumors have been flying over the net about a Harry Potter prequel by the name of James Potter and the Elder’s Crossing.
Have you seen the James Potter and the Elder's Hall site? It has a huge counter, just like the ones we’ve seen counting down the book release dates for previous volumes. It also has little icons that you click on and it asks for passwords. Another that you click on and you send someone your e-mail and they send you a password. At the bottom in small official type it says “Harry Potter, James Potter and all associated logos and content are copyright J.K. Rowling, Warner Bros. and associated publishers.”
So if this is a fake site why hasn’t it been shut down yet? Why hasn’t Ms. Rowling stepped up and demanded that it be shut down? Or Warner Brothers for that matter? You would think that they would have a problem with their name being on something if it didn’t belong to them. According to HPANA the site is not connected in any offical way to the series.
I’m a huge fan of Harry. It is a fantastic series and I wouldn’t be sorry to see it continue in some way, whether it is in prequel tales with Harry’s father James or Harry’s children continuing the story; I would love to read more. But I just don’t think this is it. Don’t you think that J.K. Rowling would have told us if it were? I just can’t imagine that the woman who gave us hints about her novels along the way would keep us in the dark about an 8th book.
But who knows? I’m watching that counter and if I have to eat my words, so be it. At least if I’m wrong we have another Potter adventure to look forward to.