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Why 'The Scottish Book'?

After my recent appearance on Leaky's podcast, several people have asked me why I called the as-yet-unpublished Encyclopaedia of Potterworld 'the Scottish Book'. Answer: it was a joke, though evidently not a very good one...

There is a superstition that it is unlucky to speak the name 'Macbeth' in the theatre, so actors always refer to it as 'the Scottish Play'. Given the contentiousness that has sprung up around the Encyclopaedia lately, I simply thought we might start showing it similar respect!


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