A fake press release that surfaced on the April Fool's Day in 2013 is doing the rounds again on social media, playing with the emotions of Harry Potter fans all over the world.
The fake press release was posted on Story Carnivores, claiming that Rowling has completed 75% of the eighth book in the Harry Potter series and many media outlets such as Yahoo News and New York Times have confirmed its release. Die hard Potter fans and readers fell for the hoax and the rumour went viral on various social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter.
"Rowling is said to be disappointed to the reaction of her adult novel The Casual Vacancy, released last fall, which left readers worldwide perplexed and disappointed. She was discouraged particularly by the disappointment of the younger readers, who picked up The Casual Vacancy expecting another Harry Potter book. She wanted to go back and write a book that will be a treat to her fans all around the world," stated the fake press release.
The fake report also hinted at the possibility of a ninth Harry Potter film with the original star cast keen on reprising their respective roles.
"While none of the series' actors have officially signed on, one of the stars has already voiced his excitement about returning to play the title role," reported the hoax press release.
Adding to that, the article included a phony statement by Daniel Radcliffe, the leading actor of the series, which said: "I never thought Jo (Rowling) would write another novel, but I'm interested to see what she comes up with. I absolutely would return to that world, if all the elements were to come together. When we wrapped the last film, I still felt like I wasn't finished with this grandiose story. I can't wait to come back."
The prospect of an eighth book in the phenomenally popular Harry Potter series by Rowling is every Potter Fan's dream. Even after the series was concluded in the seventh book titled, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, fans have been eagerly hoping and waiting for any hint regarding the continuance of the boy-wizard's magical adventures.
But Rowling has clearly laid down her plans with regard to the future of Harry Potter Book 8 on her website.
"I have always refused to say 'never' to this question, because I think it would be foolish to rule out something I might want to do in a few years' time. However, I have no immediate plans to write another Harry Potter novel, and I do think that I have rounded off Harry's story in the seven published books," Rowling wrote in her official website.
So, there it is, book 8 of Harry Potter will happen when it happens, but till then the fans can look forward to the film by Warner Bros. based on JK Rowling's 2001 book titled, Beasts and Where to Find Them. Reportedly the film is set in the Harry Potter world but will revolve around new characters and storyline.