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J.K. Rowling announces title of Book 6

by David Haber, Wizard News Wizard

Last Saturday, a fan reported finding the title of the sixth Harry Potter book behind "the locked door" on the official J.K. Rowling website. The new title was reportedly "Harry Potter and the Pillar of Storgé". The rumor was quickly denied by official J.K. sources, and on her own website, J.K. commented, "Storgé, for crying out loud. Come on, people, get a grip."

However, possibly due to the existance of these rumors, and possibly due to the fact that she was probably going to announce the real title sometime around July 1 anyway, today J.K. Rowling has announced that the title of Book 6 is "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince".

The announcement of the new title was very cleverly hidden on the website. Thanks to Wizard News reader Tim Rouse in Cincinnatti, Ohio, and his daughters Reanne and Emily, here's how to see the announcement of the new title yourself:

The "locked" door is no longer locked. Access the door by clicking on the little doughnut thing (is it a hair scrunchie?) on the main page. Then click on the door handle to open the door to expose a brick wall.

Next, there are 5 bricks within the brick wall that darken when you click on them. Find them by clicking around and note where they are. Number them, 1 through 5 from left to right and from top to bottom. If you click on them in this order: 3-4-2-5-1, the brick door falls away to allow you to see a small room. If you click on the fan, it will blow papers toward the screen until it blows a final page up onto the screen, and then letters appear as if being type-written, and that is the name of the book.

Click here to see a picture of the book 6 title behind the brick wall (courtesy of Tim Rouse) ©

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• J.K. Rowling confirms book 6 title (6/29/04)

Published June 28, 2004

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