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Harry Potter Encyclopedia

J. K. Rowling

Publication information
Release date

Potentially cancelled

"I have been enjoying sharing information about Harry’s world on Pottermore for free, and don’t have any firm plans to publish it in book form."
J. K. Rowling FAQ answer, confirming she no longer has any solid plans for this book

The Harry Potter Encyclopedia, also called the Scottish Book, is a planned guidebook by J. K. Rowling as the authoritive directory of all the creatures, characters, places, and other elements that comprise the Harry Potter universe, containing mostly un-published notes, letters, drawings, etc. As of May 2012, this project appears to been postponed or cancelled in favour of Pottermore.


In a (somewhat) recent interview with PotterCast, Rowling revealed she definitely intends to write the encyclopedia, but wished not to rush the process.

In court testimony in April 2008 (regarding grounds of copyright infringement) Rowling stated that she had 'recently' begun working on the project.[1]

On 4 September, 2009, the Leaky Cauldron website reported that Rowling's fellow author, friend, and neighbour, Ian Rankin, mentioned in a BBC interview that Rowling had been "making family trees of all her characters", presumably for the encyclopedia.[2]

On 13 April, 2012, she confirmed that she had started work on the project, and that all royalties made from the project would be donated to charity.[3]

However, in May 2012, Rowling updated her official site to say that she no longer had "firm plans" to publish an encyclopedia in book form, saying that she was currently choosing to share information on Pottermore for free instead.[4]


If published, subjects covered might inlcude the method of creating a Horcrux, the manner in which Peter Pettigrew gave Lord Voldemort a rudimentary body, and the reasons for Florean Fortescue's murder.[5]

Behind the scenes

  • J. K. Rowling's calling it "The Scottish Book" is probably a reference to the way the play Macbeth is called "The Scottish Play," as it is considered bad luck to speak the play's name out loud, particularly before a performance.

Notes and references

J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series
Philosopher's Stone book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Chamber of Secrets book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Prisoner of Azkaban book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Goblet of Fire book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Order of the Phoenix book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Half-Blood Prince book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Deathly Hallows book film 1 game 1 film soundtrack 1 game soundtrack 1
film 2 game 2 film soundtrack 2 game soundtrack 2
Cursed Child play 1 & 2
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Newton Scamander's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Film Trilogy
Film 1 Film 2 Film 3
Other written works Other games
Quidditch Through the Ages Harry Potter: Trading Card Game
The Tales of Beedle the Bard LEGO Creator: Harry Potter/Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter Prequel Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup
Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Book Harry Potter: Find Scabbers
Harry Potter Film Wizardry Harry Potter DVD Game: Hogwarts Challenge/Wizarding World
Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey Harry Potter: Spells
LEGO Harry Potter: Building the Magical World LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4/Years 5-7
LEGO Harry Potter: Characters of the Magical World Motorbike Escape
Encyclopaedia of Potterworld (potentially cancelled) Harry Potter: The Quest
J. K. Rowling: A Bibliography Harry Potter for Kinect
Wizard's Challenge
Other canon Other films/documentaries/soundtracks
J.K.Rowling Official Site Harry Potter and Me
Pottermore The Queen's Handbag
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life
Harry Potter: The Exhibition Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup (video game soundtrack)
The Making of Harry Potter Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story
Wonderbook: Book of Spells Harry Potter: Beyond the Page
Wonderbook: Book of Potions The Tale of the Three Brothers

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