What a great time it is to be a Harry Potter fan. Between the upcoming film set in the Wizarding World, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and the recent release of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a play that takes place nearly two decades after the last book, fans are certainly getting their fix this year.
Well it sounds like that fix is about to get taken to the next level. According to the Harry Potter site, Pottermore, we can expect a new short book series to hit a variety of eBook services as soon as next month. While these stories will indeed be penned by Potter author J.K. Rowling, don't expect these to be novel-length books, as the site purposefully labels them as "bite-sized."
Here's what Pottermore had to say about the new books:
"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.
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.
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."
Those fans who were hoping for a new, lengthy tale set in the Wizarding World will have to remain unfulfilled for the time being, as all these seem to be bits and pieces of writing supposedly set in the Wizarding World itself. For a Harry Potter canon junkie, this is another gold mine, but for standard narrative lovers (like me), this could be a bit underwhelming.
All that being said, this is still a step in the right direction for Pottermore. Normally, one has to read full stories on their site -- a nightmare for anyone who hates reading on a computer screen. At least with this special series fans will be able to enjoy reading these stories from the comfort of their e-readers.
What do you think of this news? Are you excited to hop back into the world of Harry Potter, or have you about had your fill this year? Let us know down the comments below!
These three bite-sized stories hit e-readers on September 6, and will be sold for $3 apiece.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theaters on November 18, 2016.
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