There is a lot of new Harry Potter to celebrate this year, what with the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the upcoming film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Now there’s even more to learn.
Just in time for a new term at Hogwarts, a trio of eBooks will be released that offer further insight into the wizarding world.
Pottermore Presents is a series of eBook shorts that take information from Pottermore’s archives as well as original writings by J.K. Rowling – so it will be a mix of both previously released and brand-new material. Each will explore a different theme.
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Political and Pesky Poltergeists explores the darker roots of the wizarding world. You’ll learn more about the troubles that faced the Ministry of Magic, the horrors of Azkaban prison and enjoy an entirely new original piece of writing by J.K. Rowling on Horace Slughorn.
Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide dives into the nooks and crannies of the beloved wizarding school itself, unfurling everything from details about the Hogwarts ghosts, to what happens when the Sorting Hat can’t decide on a student’s house.
Finally, in Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies, Pottermore celebrates the colourful staff of Hogwarts. There’s more to discover about Care of Magical Creatures teacher Silvanus Kettleburn, as well as another new piece of writing from J.K. Rowling on Minerva McGonagall, and her involvement in the second wizarding war.
With covers designed by Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima – the graphic design duo behind the artwork in the Harry Potter films – the eBooks will be released on September 6th and retail for $2.99USD apiece. They’ll be released on various eBook retailers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and on Pottermore itself and are currently available for pre-order. They’ll be available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish.
By the way, this doesn’t get you off the hook for writing an encyclopedia, because I still want that, and I’m a little hesitant to pay for something when probably half of the content is available online for free. But I welcome any and all insights into the world of Harry Potter because there is just so much left to be learned, and I’m all for expanding known canon.
Also, I’m a little disappointed that they seem to be releasing these only in eBook format, simply because I have a shelf dedicated to all of the Harry Potter books (and supplemental books, such as The Tales of Beedle the Bard), and I’d really like to add these to it. Maybe one day!
What do you guys think of this news? Are you excited for more Harry Potter?
Author: Jamie Sugah
Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from The Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, which is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.
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