It looks like J.K. Rowling isn’t done with the Harry Potter universe after all!
Last month at the premiere of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play in London's West End, the author announced, “Harry is done now,” but that statement apparently didn’t apply to the rest of the wizarding world. Time reported Wednesday that she is set to publish three new Harry Potter books online.
The three collections of short stories explore the “dark side” of the wizarding world, including previously undisclosed details about beloved (and detested) characters’ lives. The e-books, which will be available online Sept. 6, will be for sale for about $3 each through the Pottermore website and other online book retailers. Each collection is about 10,000 words long (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has about 200,000 words, for reference).
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics, and Pesky Poltergeists ($3; amazon.com) will dive into the “ruthless roots” of Professor Dolores Umbridge and the dangerous relationship between Professor Horace Slughorn and Tom Riddle during his pre-Voldemort days at Hogwarts. The book will also detail the history behind Azkaban.
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship, and Dangerous Hobbies ($3; amazon.com) profiles the beloved Minerva McGonagall and Remus Lupin, two characters whose backgrounds weren’t explored throughout the main series. Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide ($3; amazon.com) will let readers in on even more secrets about the school that taught some of the greatest and darkest wizards in Rowling’s fantastical universe.
The stories are available for pre-order now. Accio, credit card!