The Handwritten story card Ms. Rowling did for charity is now posted at “What’s Your Story.” She closes the story with the explanation: “From the prequel I am not working on — but that was fun!”
I have two thoughts.
First, there is a Harry Potter prequel in her mind or back-story notebook pile, one that evidently features James and Sirius in their adventures in the Golden Age Order of the Phoenix. With the Epilogue that points to the Hogwarts escapades of Albus Severus Potter, Rose Weasley, and Scorpius Malfoy, we now have past and future possibilities for extended story development. Ms. Rowling tells us she enjoys writing these stories and I’m guessing she has them plotted out. I half-expect the pressure to create new Wizarding World stories, internal pressure because of frustration in writing other things that “won’t be as good,” external pressure from publishers and movie makers, before the end of the decade will win out over her resistance to being imprisoned by her sub-creation.
Second, the story is a teaser. Who is “Elvendork” and what is the importance of the name being “unisex”? Order of the Phoenix tee-shirts? Death Eaters on broom sticks? The card reads almost like a film story-board and the policeman are right out of 1960’s teevee comedies.
I look forward to reading your reactions to this “badboys” Prequel and your thoughts about why Ms. Rowling wrote it. Dare I think we’re being groomed or prepped for a new series of adventures?