It’s Follow-Up Friday: Potter Puzzle edition!

Welcome to Follow-Up Friday!

By this time, you know the drill. Follow-Up Friday is a chance for us to revisit the subjects of previous posts and bring the PuzzleNation audience up to speed on all things puzzly.

And today, I’ve got another anagram story for you.

Harry Potter fans are one of the most enthusiastic and devoted fanbases in the world. The Boy Wizard’s fans are legion, and they’re ready to pounce on any little nugget that might reveal new Potter-centric projects in the works.

So when author J.K. Rowling posted this mysterious tweet, the fanbase exploded with excitement and intrigue:

It was immediately recognized as an anagram, and naturally, the fanbase hoped this was news of more Harry Potter content to come, perhaps even a new novel featuring their favorite hero.

Soon after, a solution was posted!

Harry returns! Won’t say any details now. A week off. No comment.

To the disappointment of many, Rowling replied that this wasn’t the correct solution.

But just 24 hours after the tweet went live, a Harry Potter fan and Ph.D. student at the University of Sheffield replied with another possible solution:

Newt Scamander only meant to stay in New York for a few hours.

J.K. Rowling quickly replied, confirming the answer and congratulating the solver.

The answer references Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a spin-off title set in the Harry Potter universe that is set to become a trilogy of movies. Apparently, this sentence summarizes Newt’s story in the forthcoming screenplay and film.

In a world where teasers and viral marketing can make or break a franchise, I suspect we’ll see more and more puzzles like this to keep fans invested between movies or novels.

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