Get ready to put your thinking caps on — J.K. Rowling just sent out a cryptic clue with regards to what she’s working on next!
The Harry Potter author recently announced that she’s hard at work penning not one but two novels. Unfortunately, she didn’t offer up too many details with regards to what her new books could entail.
Instead, Rowling simply revealed that one would be released under the name J.K. Rowling, and the other under her Cormoran Strike alias, Richard Galbraith.
Now, however, Rowling’s offered up the biggest clue of all in the form of her recent Twitter header change. The author tipped fans off to the new image in the form of a tweet, which also explained who the painting was by.
“It’s hard to find a header that sums up everything I’m working on at the moment, but this painting comes close!” tweeted the author.
It’s hard to find a header that sums up everything I’m working on at the moment, but this painting comes close! It’s by Harmen Steenwyck.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 5, 2017
According to the National Gallery, the painting referenced by Rowling dates back to 1640, and bears the official name of “Still Life: An Allegory of the Vanities of Human Life.”
It’s collection of strange objects ranging from a seashell to a samurai sword are overshadowed by a large human skull, placed at the forefront of the painting. Together, the objects are meant to symbolize different aspects of life ranging from wealth, to the frailty of human life. All, however, are overshadowed by the prominent presence of the skull, which is meant to symbolize death.
All in all, it seems as though whatever Rowling’s working on is not only very dark, but also extremely complex, which makes us even more excited to get our hands on both books!
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