Rowling denies rumors of an eighth Potter novel. There's no explanation for the extra titles registered at the U.K. Patent Office, but seven's the limit, her agent insists

Call it ”Harry Potter and the Vanishing Sequel.” When a Scottish newspaper reported Monday that Warner Bros., which owns the film rights to the Potter novels, had registered eight titles with the U.K. Patent Office, it looked like the series might extend beyond author J.K. Rowling’s self-imposed cap of seven books. But a spokesman for her literary agency today shot down the speculation, saying that there would be only seven books, and that the registered titles would not necessarily be used for any of the upcoming Potter books.

As Potter fans know, Rowling is at work on the fifth book, called ”Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.” The Scotsman newspaper reported that, at the time the title for the fourth book (”Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”) was registered, in April 2000, Warner Bros. registered three more titles: ”Harry Potter and the Pyramids of Furmat,” ”Harry Potter and the Chariots of Light,” and ”Harry Potter and the Alchemist’s Cell.” If she used all those titles, including ”Phoenix” (registered in October 2000), that would bring the series total to eight. But ”the plan is to have only seven books in the series,” Neil Blair, a spokesman for the Christopher Little agency, told Reuters. ”There is absolutely no truth in the story that either there is going to be an eighth book in the series or that these titles are genuine titles for the sixth and seventh books,” Blair told the BBC.

Blair did not explain the source of the three newly revealed titles or how else they might be used. Meanwhile, Rowling continues to write ”Phoenix,” which is 15 months overdue and has no fixed publication date. Potter fans who’ve been waiting three years for a new novel will have to content themselves with the movie of the second book, ”Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” which hits theaters on Nov. 15.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
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