Get ready to delve into Hogwarts lore: J.K. Rowling is releasing three eBooks of short stories about the wizarding school Sept. 6, Pottermore announced Wednesday.
Those three collections are:
- Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide, which discusses the school itself
- Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists, which looks at the “darker roots of the wizarding world,” like Ministry troubles and tales from Azkaban
- Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies, which examines the school’s “colorful staff”
This may not be a full-length Hogwarts: A History, but the three collections (which are being released under the new brand Pottermore Presents) promise to offer insight into the school and its inhabitants. The announcement explicitly states we’re getting new writing on Minerva McGonagall’s involvement in the Second Wizarding War and Horace Slughorn’s early years at Hogwarts, including his relationship with a young Tom Riddle. It sounds like we could also be in for more details on the Black family.
However, the writing in the eBooks won’t be completely new – perhaps not even mostly new. Instead, the individual eBook descriptions say they will be “short reads originally featured on pottermore.com with some exclusive new additions.” (And Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide doesn’t promise any new information.) Parts of the announcement suggest we’ll see Rowling’s previous stories on Remus Lupin, Hogwarts portraits, Platform Nine and Three-Quarters and all previous ministers for magic, among other topics, bundled together with some new writing sprinkled in.
Nor are these books likely to be long. Pottermore describes them as “bite-sized eBooks,” and with prices listed at $2.99 each, no one should expect novel-length tomes.
That being said, there’s clearly still an appetite for Potter, and Rowling’s been keeping it coming this year. From new writing on North America’s wizarding history and school to the new Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script, which sold more than 3.3 million copies in North America in under a week, we’ve already had scads of new information to digest. Plus, we’re just three months from learning more about Newt Scamander and his contemporaries with the Nov. 18 release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The Pottermore Presents eBooks will be available on Pottermore Sept. 6. They can also be preordered through Barnes and Noble, Amazon, iBooks and Kobo Books.