London: JK Rowling has announced that her long-awaited encyclopaedia of the Harry Potter world is underway and insists that the money made from it will go to charity.
In the ‘frequently asked questions’ section on her new author website, the 46-year-old made the disclosure.
“for a long time I have been promising an encyclopedia of Harry’s world, and I have started work on this now – some of it forms the new content in Pottermore. It is likely to be a time-consuming job, but when finished I shall donate all royalties to charity,” the Telegraph quoted her as writing on the website.
In 2008, Rowling had taken independent American publisher RDR Books to court over its plans to publish the Harry Potter Lexicon, an unauthorised A to Z of the Potter stories.
The acclaimed author has described the book as “wholesale theft of 17 years of my hard work”, and won the case.
The announcement about the encyclopedia, on the day website Pottermore opened to all comers, follow last week’s news that she will publish adult novel The Casual Vacancy this autumn.