2016 is quite a huge year for Harry Potter fans, with the debut of a new stage play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child earlier this summer, and the release of a new theatrical spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is set in a different magical era, 70 years before the events of the Harry Potter books and movies. If this new play and movie aren't enough, then you're in luck, because three new short story eBooks will also be released this fall.
Earlier today, Pottermore announced a new set of "eBook shorts" dubbed Pottermore Presents, which feature bits and pieces taken from the Pottermore archives, along with original writing from author J.K. Rowling. Pottermore unveiled the cover artwork for theses three books, designed by Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima (a.k.a. MinaLima), who have designed artwork for all of the Harry Potter movies. The three eBooks will be released on September 6, and we have the first plot details below.
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.
The last eBook, Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies, 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. It will also be revealed why the Black family bestow such odd names to their children, how a witch or wizard becomes a portrait, or what J.K. Rowling really thinks about Professor Umbridge.
Pottermore Presents eBooks will be available from a wide range of digital eBook retailers around the world, officially released on 6 September in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish. Fans will also be able to pick up the books on the Pottermore website. Take a look at the first images of these new Pottermore Presents eBooks from the Harry Potter universe.