JK Rowling was rumored last year to be busy committing literary manslaughter, dropping hints in hopes that her loyal fans will be forewarned that young wizards are not immortal and that a character (or two!) could meet their Wizard Maker in the final book, "The Deathly Hollows".
Hold on -- now the author says on her website: "I might do an eighth book for charity - a kind of encyclopedia of the world, so that I could use all the extra material that's not in the books."
Rowling says an eighth book would allow fans a further insight into the world of Harry Potter and his friends, including details that were not included in the best-selling novels.
She has already penned two Harry Potter reference books - 'Quidditch Through The Ages' and 'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them'. The books raised more than £15 million for the British charity Comic Relief.
'The Deathly Hollows' is due out in the summer and was supposed to bring the young wizard's adventures to an end. Now we'll have to wait and see...