Who are you?
I am Patricio Tarantino, Harry Potter collector and scholar, author of Historia Secreta del Mundo Mágico. You can find me on Twitter (@ColeccionistaHP) and Instagram (@ColeccionistaHarryPotter). I also run The Rowling Library. Laurent García, a long-time friend of mine, who is also a collector of everything related to the story of the Harry Potter phenomenon, helped building this archive.
What is The Rowling Index?
The Rowling Index is an archive of everything that J.K. Rowling has written throughout the years (that we are aware of). From novels and short stories to articles and forewords for other books, this project tries to compile every piece of written work by Harry Potter’s author. It also assigns a unique ID to each piece, so they can be referenced in other publications.
What does publication date mean?
Publication date is the date in which each text was made available for the public. Some texts, such as the ones that belong to J.K. Rowling’s old website, were published over a span of months or years. I decided to compile them into one long writing and set the publication date as a range, from the day that the first text was published to the day the last one was shared with everyone.
Why do some Pottermore publication dates not match with the ones provided by Wizarding World Digital?
When Pottermore was updated for the first time, and then updated again to become Wizarding World Digital, they did not keep track of the publication dates of J.K. Rowling’s texts (or at least not publicly). Right now, most of the dates on Wizarding World Digital are wrong.
Why do you include Reply for Hetta (HETTA) but not other letters?
HETTA is included because it is a public letter. I decided not to include private correspondence between J.K. Rowling and her fans.
Why don’t you include the cover quote for The Little White Horse?
The cover quote from The Little White Horse was taken from an interview (The Bookseller, November 9th, 1998), so it was not written by J.K. Rowling for that specific book.
Why don’t you include interviews?
Rowling Index is focused, for the time being, on written pieces by J.K. Rowling. Interviews in different media are not written by Rowling but by journalists, so I decided to skip them.
Why are some writings which are labeled as pottermore also labeled as non fiction?
If the Pottermore article includes the “J.K. Rowling’s thoughts” section, I decided to label the text as non fiction too since it involves Rowling’s thoughts on writing that piece.
There are copies of the texts of Book of Potions and Book of Spells on the internet, specially on Reddit. Why you did not include them?
My problem with these texts (and the reason I did not share them) is that, although we know J.K. Rowling wrote for the video games, we are not 100% sure which parts were by her and which parts by the team who worked on them. Of course, the full text can be considered (and should be) canon. But I’d prefer to leave the content out until we have further information on which parts belongs to J.K. Rowling.
I found a typo.
Please, contact me at [email protected] and let me know. Be aware that if the typo was in the original publication, I decided to keep it to reflect the writing at that time.
I found an error on a date / I have a text you don’t have / I have a text that you have labeled as MISSING.
Please, contact me at [email protected]!