For the longest time, J.K. Rowling didn't use her Twitter account. She just signed up and kept it there as a placeholder so no impostors could step in and take her place on social media. Once she got active on the site, though, she got really active, using her tweets for everything from fundraising to politicial arguments to, of course, interacting with fans who still have plenty of questions about the Wizarding World she created.
The Wizarding World is on Rowling's mind a lot these days, because eight years after the final Potter book was released and four years after the final Potter film hit theaters, she's returning to the universe with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, an adaptation of sorts of the Wizarding World textbook of the same name. The film will follow magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) as he journeys around the world collecting information on magical creatures for his writing, and will be set 70 years before the events of the Harry Potter series. The film will mark Rowling's screenwriting debut, and because she's neck-deep in working on it right now, she's been happy to provide eager fans with a few hints about what we might see.
On Sunday, in response to fan questions about Scamander's adventures in America, Rowling dropped some news that's not only big for Fantastic Beasts, but big for Potter fans in the United States who always wanted a Hogwarts of their very own. Yes, there is an American wizarding school out there.
.@MrBanankartong That information will be revealed in due course.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2015
.@tannerfbowen No, but he's going to meet people who were educated at [name] in [not New York].— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2015
.@loonyloolaluna If I answer that fully it will reveal the location of the school, but you can take that as a yes!— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 7, 2015
.@loonyloolaluna Oh wait - did you mean the NAME is of American Indian origin? It isn't. The name is of immigrant origin.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 7, 2015
.@loonyloolaluna However, indigenous magic was important in the founding of the school. If I say which tribes, location is revealed.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 7, 2015
Obviously, there's not a lot of detail there, but if you're the kind of Potter fan who's been wondering about wizards in America for years, it's kind of a big deal.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theaters Nov. 18, 2016.