With the Harry Potter books ending in 2007 and the film series in 2011, the franchise has been noticeably quiet the last few years. That is, if you don’t count the occasional updates on upcoming spinoff movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Said to take place 70 years before The Boy Who Lived, the film will be directed by Harry Potter alum David Yates and will follow a young Newt Scamander as he documents the various magical creatures of the Wizarding World.
But for those fans looking for more Harry Potter before 2016, J.K. Rowling’s interactive social media site Pottermore is the place to be. Within the website’s pages, Rowling often releases short stories as well as other little tidbits about the characters and their magical world. For instance, one of the latest stories caught up with a a 34-year-old Harry and his friends at the Quidditch World Cup Final. Now she is at again with 12 new stories that will take us all the way to Christmas.
In a recent update on the Pottermore site, Rowling teases that starting Friday, December 12th, she’ll release a new short story every day at 8am EST, leading up to Christmas Day. According to the news, they’ll include “moments from Half-Blood Prince, shiny gold Galleons and even a new potion or two.”
And an email to Pottermore members gave a bit more detail about what some of them will entail: “From Florean Fortescue’s ghost plot to J.K. Rowling’s thoughts on the sneaky Slytherin Draco Malfoy, there’s a wealth of writing to discover.”
Rowling’s decision to focus on Malfoy for one of the short stories continues her tradition of shedding light on villains from the Harry Potter series. Previous short stories released on Pottermore have looked into not only Rita Skeeter but also the notorious Dolores Umbridge. While Skeeter and Umbridge’s stories didn’t exactly paint their characters in a sympathetic light, that may change for Malfoy.
As for Florean Fortescue, some may recall he was the owner of an ice cream parlor in Diagon Alley. He was later kidnapped and killed by Death Eaters during Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. R0wling has said she originally intended to include a subplot involving the Elder Wand that would explain his disappearance but ultimately decided to cut it. She also has plans to include more information on his death in the Encyclopedia she wants to write one day. It sounds like this short story, however, will take place afterward.
What do you think, Screen Rant readers? Excited for more stories from the Harry Potter world? What do you hope to hear more about? Let us know in the comments.
Stay tuned for more news on Harry Potter. Fantastical Beasts and Where to Find Them will hit theaters November 18th, 2016.
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