J.K. Rowling's adult novel titled 'Lairs of Lady Po'

April Fools’! Yesterday, the merry pranksters at Mugglenet posted the news, which they claimed came from a press release from Little, Brown, J.K. Rowling’s new publisher. They also included an “official image” that depicted an old-timey typewriter holding a blood-splattered sheet of paper — it seemed to confirm rumors that Rowling’s next book would be a crime thriller. The alleged title, Lairs of Lady Po, has a bit of Rowling’s whimsy to it, but as many clever Ravenclaws have pointed out, it’s actually an anagram of “April Fools’ Day.” (Take out your parchment and try it for yourself! It’ll make you feel like Hermione).

Little, Brown didn’t exactly deny the Lady Po title when we reached out for confirmation — the rep simply said that they “don’t have any more information to share on the J.K. Rowling title” at the moment — but it looks as though we’ll have to wait a bit longer for real details. It was a fun tease, though. A real Rita Skeeter move, Mugglenet.

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