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J.K. Rowling's mysterious tweets: What is she hinting at?

With a series of cryptic updates on Twitter, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has prompted frenzied speculation among her fans about her next project.

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British writer JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series of books, posing during the launch of the new online website Pottermore in London June 23, 2011.

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Despite being “very busy” at the moment, author J.K. Rowling can’t keep herself from dropping hints about a riddle she posted on Twitter yesterday that has Harry Potter fans scrambling.

It all started Monday when she tweeted this:

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After a fan tweeted “Everytime @jk_rowling tweets I stop what ever I'm doing and analyze it for an hour,” Rowling started to tease: “See, now I'm tempted to post a riddle or an anagram. Must resist temptation... must work…”

But she couldn’t help herself.

This, she followed with: “Something to ponder while I'm away X.”

Rowling let fans scream and sweat it out for a day – enough time for grandiose theories to sprout on Reddit and the like – then dropped a hint:

When a fan asked if that was the start of the film, Rowling said she was “Much warmer.”

Then she dropped this:

Will those who were speculating about a Harry Potter comeback be disappointed? Apparently not, since fans are ecstatic just to be guessing. Expressions of praise and gratitude – all 140 characters or less – poured forth from Twitter users worldwide.

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"@jk_rowling this riddle is seriously your greatest gift since the announcement of Pottermore. THANK-YOU <3," one fan tweeted. "@jk_rowling I want you to tell us but I don't want you to at the same time. I'm almost crying with excitement. You should do this more often."