Lately it seems as though Harry Potter – or at least the universe he resides in - is everywhere. While there was a time several years back when constant chatter regarding the boy wizard and his magical world were the norm, J.K. Rowling’s completion of the novels and the end of their respective film adaptations ensured that the topic of the author’s wonderful world was somewhat less common.
Though the new Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play wasn’t written by Rowling, it has reignited talk of Harry and his friends, just as the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (which was, in fact, scripted by Rowling) has once again brought the Wizarding World/Potterverse back into popular discourse. Hopes for a new Harry Potter novel were recently dashed however, when Rowling insisted that she’s done with Harry Potter's story after The Cursed Child.
But while she might be done with Harry Potter himself, Rowling certainly isn’t done with the world in which he inhabits. Pottermore – the so-called digital heart of Rowling’s Wizarding World – has revealed via Twitter that three new eBook short stories will be released this September in the Pottermore Presents series. The official titles of the three stories are Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide; Short Stories From Hogwarts of Power, Political and Pesky Poltergeists and Short Stories From Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies. Below you can check out the synopsis for each book:
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.
This is great news for diehard fans of Rowling’s wizarding world, but for others it’s understandable how this can be cause for frustration. Rowling seems to be playing a bit of a game here, whereby she increasingly builds up the world that Harry Potter made famous, while simultaneously refusing to acknowledge its most popular (and some would say essential) components. It’s hardly taking a leap of faith to assume that Rowling’s fans would instantly relinquish every single Potterverse shorty story and spin-off for even one more Harry Potter book. If Rowling truly wants to be done with Harry Potter, perhaps it’s time to leave well enough alone at this point.
The upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, however, provides an ample argument for wanting more from Rowling. Harry and friends may not be included, but there’s plenty of reason to believe that the cinematic world she’s helping to create will be well worth maintaining. If books like Pottermore Presents help to create more of this type of entertainment, then maybe critics of Rowling’s policy on Harry Potter will eventually soften in time.
Rowling’s Pottermore Presents eBooks will be released on September 6, 2016.