New Rowling Forest Twitter Header: Beasts 4, Strike 7, or Project X?

Could be Newt Scamander’s view as he studies a magical bird living in the treetops of a winter forest.

Maybe Rowling tripped and fell and wanted to record the moment with an artsy sky shot.

I’m guessing someone — Boy Cormy? — tried to run away from the Norfolk Commune and was shot. This might just be the Cormoran Strike equivalent of wounded Prince Andrei’s epiphany looking up at the sky on his back during the Battle of Austerlitz:

And really another French soldier, trailing his musket, ran up to the struggling men, and the fate of the red-haired gunner, who had triumphantly secured the mop and still did not realize what awaited him, was about to be decided. But Prince Andrew did not see how it ended. It seemed to him as though one of the soldiers near him hit him on the head with the full swing of a bludgeon. It hurt a little, but the worst of it was that the pain distracted him and prevented his seeing what he had been looking at.

“What’s this? Am I falling? My legs are giving way,” thought he, and fell on his back. He opened his eyes, hoping to see how the struggle of the Frenchmen with the gunners ended, whether the red-haired gunner had been killed or not and whether the cannon had been captured or saved. But he saw nothing.

Above him there was now nothing but the sky—the lofty sky, not clear yet still immeasurably lofty, with gray clouds gliding slowly across it. “How quiet, peaceful, and solemn; not at all as I ran,” thought Prince Andrew—“not as we ran, shouting and fighting, not at all as the gunner and the Frenchman with frightened and angry faces struggled for the mop: how differently do those clouds glide across that lofty infinite sky! How was it I did not see that lofty sky before? And how happy I am to have found it at last! Yes! All is vanity, all falsehood, except that infinite sky. There is nothing, nothing, but that. But even it does not exist, there is nothing but quiet and peace. Thank God!…” (Book I, Part 3, Chapter 16).

That’s my best guess, lame as it is. Anyone care to do an actual web search to find out where this picture was taken?


  1. Nick Jeffery says

    @LudicrousMonica has found the image on a stock site:
    With the key words: Forest; Wood; Brushwood; Gloomy; Dark

  2. Great find, @LudicrousMonica, and thank you, Nick, for finding and reporting the find!

    Two questions:

    Where did @LudicrousMonica report the find? It wasn’t at that twitter address.

    What does the picture mean or reflect? Rowling has reported that she is hard at work on Strike7. Is it consensus, Nick, that this picture, per your catalog of headers and timings ‘All J. K. Rowling’s Twitter Headers‘, is most likely a snap shot from the work in progress a la the Norfolk ‘sky line’ taken from the water that this replaces?

  3. Nick Jeffery says

    Hello John,

    Lindsay from SEFiles and StrikeFans tweeted the find to me:

    I think it is certain that this is a current project, but whether IBH (currently editing), or Strike 7 (currently writing), or something else, the jury is out.

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