If you’re a Harry Potter fan, odds are you simply can’t get enough of the wizarding world. The final book in J.K. Rowling’s now-classic series was published in 2007, and the final film in the feature franchise hit theaters in 2011, but here we are in 2016 and Harry Potter is alive as ever. It’s a testament to the vitality of the world and characters that Rowling created, and now, just as the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is blowing up the London stage scene, even more new stories are poised to be released.
Pottermore announced today that a series of new eBook short stories will be unveiled this September under the banner of Pottermore Presents. These “bite-sized” eBooks include tidbits taken from the Pottermore archives as well as original writing from Rowling herself, and they offer even more insight into the inner workings of the wizarding world.
The three eBooks are as follows: Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide dives into the history of the wizarding school, including extra insight into the Hogwarts ghosts and what happens when the Sorting Hat can’t make up his mind; Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Political and Pesky Poltergeists focuses on the darker aspects of the wizarding world, including a history of Azakaban prison, more information on Umbridge’s tenure at the Ministry of Magic, and a new piece of writing by Rowling on Horace Slughorn’s relationship with the young Voldemort; and finally Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies, which focuses on the staff of Hogwarts and includes a new piece of writing from Rowling on Professor McGonagall’s involvement in the second wizarding war.
These eBooks will be available to purchase for $3 each starting September 6th, and will be provided in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese, and Spanish. Obviously the timing coincides with the Cursed Child fervor and in anticipation of the release of the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which boasts Rowling’s first screenplay credit and takes place 100 years before Potter. So while it’s certainly nice to see even more of Rowling’s knowledge about the wizarding world shared, one hopes we don’t get into “overkill” mode in the name of corporate promotion.
If you missed any of our recent Harry Potter celebration coverage, peruse the links below.
- ‘Harry Potter’: Who Is the Cursed Child?
- ‘Harry Potter’ Movies Ranked from Worst to Best
- The Woman Behind ‘Harry Potter’: J.K. Rowling’s Best Speeches, Interviews, and Documentaries
- We Ranked All the Butterbeer Treats at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
- ‘Harry Potter’ Defense Against the Dark Arts Teachers Ranked by Competency