At the winter solstice, December 22, 2006, J.K. Rowling released the title of the last book of the Harry Potter series: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
at the solstice will come a new … and none will come after …”
— Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix
For something that was initially touted as a children’s book, the title’s quite unexpected. I wasn’t particularly fond of it myself, being a person who avoids any fiction which even slightly imply “horror story.” But it’s Harry Potter, and it’s J.K. Rowling, so …
To experience the revelation of the title:
- Log on to jkrowling.com.
- Click on the pink eraser on the desk. A locked door will appear.
On the mirror on the right, click on the opened door. A Christmas tree will appear.
- On the main door, click on the middle part. A wreath will appear.
- Click on the mirror again, near the ceiling. Garlands will appear.
- Click on either of the spider webs beside the main door. The webs will disappear.
- On the window on the left, click on the wind chimes. A key will appear.
Drag this key to the key hole. The door will open.
- Click on the gift on the desk. The gift will open to reveal a card which says “Hangman.”
- Click on the card. The hangman game will now load.
- Play the game until you get the title of the book.
Speculations are now going on regarding the release date of the book. Even Amazon has included the book with the updated title in its catalog. My guess is December of 2007 at the earliest.
In the meantime, I am quite contented revisiting both the books and the audio books. There’s nothing quite like ‘em.