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Book Six Announcement Imminent?

JKR seems to be gearing up for something big. She's made several big changes to the site in recent weeks, not the least of which was decorating the place for Christmas. There's an advent calendar on the "Extra Stuff" bulletin board, and each day another door opens. Some of the background noises have changed, including one very telling one: the typewriter sound that used to be in the background has stopped. It could mean nothing, and it could mean that she's done writing HBP (That's Half-Blood Prince, the title of Book 6, for those of you who didn't catch it).

Several of her recent updates suggest that she's been writing a lot. One, she says so in the "Daily News" article (that's on the main page) and two, she says so in the "Minesweeper update" (Extra Stuf -->Miscellaneous--).

And on the 14th of December, some really sharp-eyed person spotted a minor little detail change. In her Welcome message, she changed one little phrase. "...and when I can announce that I've finished book six...and no, that's not going to happen very soon," has become, "...and when I can announce that I've finished book seven...and no, that's not going to happen very soon." (Thank you, Leaky Cauldron!)

Hmm...this gets the Ladies of Shadow to thinking...(okay, Lady of Shadow. Odessa is sick and as far as I know, knows nothing of any of the past few days' happenings.) In my personal opinion, she is getting ready to announce something big on either Christmas (December 25) or possibly Epiphany (Jan 6). Or maybe even both...! I have many reasons for this suspiscion. (Pardon my atrocious spelling, please. It's late.) Christmas is a major holiday in the books. The last time the Mysterious Door opened was on Hallowe'en (another major holiday.) The door also opened in June and August. Each opening is two months apart. That's two clues right there.

She mentions in the most recent "News" update that her third child is racing Harry's next adventure into the world. She announced in July that she was expecting, and that the child is due next year. This means that the kid is due anywhere from early January to sometime in March. My guess is that it's due sooner rather than later. She probably sat on the news for a bit.

Also, the fifth book was released in June. Books usually have release dates announced six months in advance. If she announces on Christmas when the book is going to be released, then it's likely to be released in June.

NOTE: this is all speculation! And theory! And some wishful thinking!



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