Since the release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in 1997, fans have been captivated by J.K. Rowling's wizarding world. No amount of information is too much to satisfy audiences, and we've all spent more time than we would care to admit immersed in the Potterverse. Today, September 6, 2016, our quest for more knowledge is rewarded with three ebooks that take us farther into the fantasy.
Published by Pottermore, an entertainment and news site owned by J.K. Rowling and dedicated to all things Potter, the books offer short pieces, some of which were originally published on Pottermore, as well as new stories that give us more insight into the politics and hardships of Hogwarts. You'll also get a tour of Hogwarts that only the author can give.
In Short Stories from Hogwarts Of Heroism, Hardship, and Dangerous Hobbies, Rowling opens the door to the lives of Minerva McGonagall, the headmistress of Hogwarts, and Remus Lupin, the werewolf who betrayed Harry Potter's parents. We also get a more in-depth look at the life of Sybill Trelawney, and you’ll encounter Silvanus Kettleburn, the former Professor of Care of Magical Creatures who lost his most of his limbs due to his recklessness.
Moving on to Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics, and Pesky Poltergeists, we look behind the cell doors to the darkness that is Azkaban, and we learn more about Dolores Umbridge, the powerful and cruel Professor in Pink whose address changed to Azkaban after being convicted of crimes against Muggle-borns.
And finally, in Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide, the school opens its doors to us, taking us across the grounds and into the classrooms and letting readers spend more time discovering the mysteries held in this school for wizards. It's a school we only wish we could attend if even for a day!
Since most of the material included in the ebooks can be found on the Pottermore website, some readers have complained about purchasing each one when there isn't much new information included. However, J.K. Rowling was quick to offer a reason for the releases in one simple tweet.
We had many, many requests to make the extra writing available in this format.
It makes sense to offer the material for ebook readers. There are plenty of people who simply don't like to spend a lot of time on the internet and would rather be able to take this new knowledge with them. Additionally, the library can make this available to folks that don't have Internet access at home, and the books can be gifted to other readers as well.
Having these books available opens up more options for Harry Potter fans. Regardless of the mild backlash, the ebooks are worth adding to your collection even if it's just to have all things Harry Potter in one easily accessible place. You never know when you might want to refresh your memory before your Harry Potter trivia night with friends.
Though J.K. Rowling says Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the end of Harry Potter, as long as she continues to share books and stories related to the Potterverse, we'll never really lose the Boy Who Lived.