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When the final film in the Harry Potter movie franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2, hits theaters on July 15, it will mark the last hurrah for author J.K. Rowling's beloved boy wizard. Or will it? Though Rowling has said that she's closed the book on Harry and co., so to speak, she has now created a new website called "Pottermore" -- which, tantalizingly, has nothing on it except a couple of owls and the words: "Coming soon..."
What could "Pottermore" refer to, besides more Harry Potter? Entertainment Weekly points out that if you click on one of the owls it takes you to a YouTube account with a countdown clock on it, teasing an announcement from Jo Rowling that will come about six-and-a-half days from now.
The announcement at the bottom of the video screen reads: "The owls are gathering... Find out why soon." If our calculations are correct -- and our second-grade math teachers would like to think that they are -- that "soon" will take place at 2 a.m. ET on Thursday, June 23.
Apparently, the new website was first discovered thanks to clever detective work by members of Harry Potter fan sites, each of which were given 10 coordinates by Rowling's marketing team. The coordinates were then plugged into a Google-powered website, which, in turn gave up the 10 letters that spell "Pottermore." Way to keep the Potter fans hanging, Jo!
Sorry to break the sad news, but Scholastic (Rowling's publisher) has informed EW that the announcement is not a new book, despite the author's comment that she could definitely write more. So that leaves everyone wondering: Why, exactly, are the owls gathering?
Never fear, all will be revealed in 6 days, 11 hours and... counting.