It seems that just as the legions of Harry Potter fans will not be able to let go of the Boy Who Lived, his creator won’t be able to do so either.
J. K. Rowling approved of the play written by Jack Thorne based on her best-selling novels. The Cursed Child was released on July 31, in conjunction to its staging at the Palace Theatre in London. But the new story was apparently not enough because months later, three new e-books showcasing more Harry Potter material were released—collections of short stories that would probe deeper into the dark side of the wizarding world. These books reveal intricate details about several characters’ lives, which the fans can be privy to only through the digital format as there will be no printed versions.
The stories were marketed as “short-form content” by Susan Jerevics, CEO of Pottermore, the interactive website Rowling created especially for staunch Harry Potter followers.
The first installment, Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide, as the title suggests, looks closer into the thousand-year-old wizarding school. New information about the Hogwarts ghosts are revealed, as well as details regarding the Sorting Hat (such as what happens when it can’t decide on a student’s house), the Hogwarts curriculum (such as just what exactly are included as subjects), and the castle’s secrets (such as the Mirror of Erised, the legendary Sword of Gryffindor, the Pensieve, and, of course, the Chamber of Secrets itself).
The second installment, Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics, and Pesky Poltergeists, unmasks Dolores Umbridge (delving into her “ruthless roots”), the workings of the Ministry of Magic, the horror known as Azkaban, and the early years of Horace Slughorn as the Potions master who had the dubious pleasure of instructing one Tom Marvolo Riddle.
The third and final installment, Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship, and Dangerous Hobbies, pays homage to the brave, no-nonsense, and frankly-terrifying-but-still-loved-by-all Professor Minerva McGonagall and delves into the minutiae of the fine art of being an Animagus. It also presents the profile of the most mourned werewolf, the tragic Remus Lupin, and the details of lycanthropy. There is also Sybill Trelawney and divination and the reckless but endearing Silvanus Kettleburn (who, according to Albus Dumbledore, “has survived no fewer than sixty-two probations during his employment as Care of Magical Creatures teacher”—which makes Hagrid sixty-two times more competent, self-preservation-wise . . . because at least Hagrid still had all his limbs, whereas Professor Kettleburn had but one arm and one leg by the time of his retirement in 1933).
These three stories are like the first drops of water down the parched mouths of Rowling’s avid readers, and they sure are thankful that, just as she said years ago, Hogwarts really will always be here to welcome them home.
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