UPDATED: Mystery surrounding J.K. Rowling’s new Twitter header image

J.K. Rowling surprised fans earlier today when she changed the header image of her official Twitter account to a pile of mysterious papers, which you can view in full below.


One can clearly see the words “Fantastic Beasts” among her cryptic stack, which we can only assume pertains to her upcoming film series Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, of which the first installment is being released in theaters on November 18, 2016.

We are guessing that the printout on limb prosthetics is in reference to detective Cormoran Strike in her Cormoran Strike novels, who lost his leg in the Afghan war.

The handwritten notes are much more difficult to decipher. The word “died” in the notebook on the bottom left is probably of utmost concern to fans, who are all too familiar with deaths in the Harry Potter series. (We are still lamenting over Fred Weasley.) Will death and mortality continue to be recurring themes in Jo’s upcoming works?

However, perhaps the most puzzling is the book on the top left of the image, which we identified as being the Russian translation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone. Is Jo fluent in Russian? Will Newt Scamander visit Russia in Fantastic Beasts? The questions are endless!

Update 1: J.K. Rowling has posted a tweet saying that she will explain more about the header image very soon.

Update 2: J.K. Rowling has since updated the image, revealing several other papers at the top.


What do you think of Jo’s new Twitter header? Do you have any ideas on what the mysterious pages pertain to? Can you read Russian? Let us know in the comments!

  • The handwritten text: “I hook up with a mate. Somewhere between Park Road and Hardacre Court […] he meets his […] ten or eleven […] died.” A quick google search shows that this action is therefore taking place in Ormskirk, UK – a city which contains both of those street names. Ormskirk is a market town in the far west of England. I suppose that’s where the action will take Strike in Book 3.

    • Edward Weasley

      I can also see “was here to” before “hook up” and I can’t find any “I”. Still, job well done, hpboy13.

    • Edward Weasley

      About Ormskirk, it was also the only city I found that could fit, although there is no “Hardacre COURT” there is “Hardacre Street”

  • When you realize that Jo is basically the best person ever, and you can’t believe how grateful you feel to Mugglenet for analyzing stuff like this. 😀

  • I can also spot the names Christopher and Yvette. None of her published characters so far are named like that so… 🙂

  • Timothy Walsh

    The passage in Russian is about Harry trying out his new Nimbus 2000 on the Quidditch pitch.

  • Echo

    There is a screenplay in the updated image!!