J.K. Rowling sits with children at the release of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ in London in 2007.

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By Max Knoblauch2014-10-07 15:35:03 UTC

J.K. Rowling has assumed the role of Twitter’s riddle queen, posting several cryptic messages that many fans believe are anagrams about her upcoming film, Fantastical Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Between working on a new book, a screenplay and lumos (her charity group), the Harry Potter author is apparently still managing to keep up with her fans on top of it all.

Rowling was tempted to add a bit more depth to her tweets after seeing one fan’s comment, leaving the Potterheads who are anxiously waiting for the film completely spellbound.

.@peruseproject See, now I’m tempted to post a riddle or an anagram. Must resist temptation… must work…

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 5, 2014

After 14 hours, she gave into the temptation, following up with a cryptic tweet.

Cry, foe! Run amok! Fa awry! My wand won’t tolerate this nonsense.

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 6, 2014

A thread in the Harry Potter subreddit was quickly set up to workshop the clue. The redditors discovered that the tweet works as an anagram for, “Harry returns! Won’t say any details now. A week off. No comment.”

Take a second to breathe.

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Ready? OK. She then tweeted this.

Something to ponder while I’m away X

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 6, 2014

Which could be a reference to the “week off” stated in the anagram found by redditors. Or, you know, maybe she’s just trolling all of us.

Regardless, the author continued her magical wordplay, posting the following.

“Newt Scamander’s History of New York Fauna: One town, my tale” Warmer.

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 7, 2014

.@VikiCarter_ Much warmer.

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 7, 2014

#helpfulhint The solution is the first sentence of a synopsis of Newt’s story. It isn’t part of the script, but sets the scene.

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 7, 2014

Drop whatever you’re doing. Solving this riddle is the Internet’s job today.

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Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that Rowling’s ‘Fantastical Beasts’ project was a novel when it is, in fact, a screenplay for an upcoming film. The headline has been altered.

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