BREAKING: 3 New Harry Potter Ebooks Coming in September



Today it was announced, possibly as an apology for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, that three new ebooks will launch in September.

The books, clearly intended to be supplemental pieces for the canonical seven, are under the heading Pottermore Presents and include the following titles:

  • Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics, and Pesky Poltergeists
  • Shorts Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship, and Dangerous Hobbies
  • Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide

According to Amazon’s official description, the first title will have dealings with the origins of Most Hated Villain in History Ever Dolores Umbridge, as well as the truth behind the conversation where Slughorn and Tom Riddle discuss Horcruxes. Also detailed will be the history of Azkaban and other Ministry of Magic-related fare.

The second title will discuss fan favorites Minerva McGonagall and Remus Lupin, in stories that Marauders fans will excitedly lap up.  We’ll also meet poor Professor Kettleburn, the Care of Magical Creatures professor replaced by Hagrid in the third book.  Sibyl Trelawney will also be featured.  Most of McGonagall’s backstory was detailed on the Pottermore web site quite a while back, but I’m hoping for expansions and details!

The final title is the big question mark of the three, with very little detail promised on Amazon.

I, for one, am really hoping that there is more content in these ebooks than Pottermore provides.  I worry that this means we’re never getting that giant encyclopedia we were always promised, too.

Free Thoughts on Orlando



I need to talk, guys.  Since this is my weird little pocket of the Internet to do with as I please, I guess I’ll do it here.  I’m planning to talk about a few things this week: the Tonys, Game of Thrones, E3.  I’m sure you know what I need to talk about first, though.

Sunday morning, something terrible happened.  Something huge and painful.  We lost fifty people- good, kind people who were there to celebrate themselves and each other- their heritage, their feelings.  This is something I do not want us to recover quickly from.  The video above lists each and every one of them by name.  It’s hard to watch. Watch it anyway.

Ever since, a thousand tiny wonderful things are happening.  Communities rallying around those who lost their lives.  Pride in LA and Philly, and many other cities, going off as planned.  Vigils in every city.  People finding it in themselves to do, to give, to stand up. Intelligent discourse about what we need to do as a country to prevent this kind of tragedy again.  Muslims standing up against the man who committed this act, standing up for LGBT people.  People of every color and age defending their Muslim friends and neighbors and strangers, knowing that this man did not speak for them. People rising up to meet this challenge.

Do not be silent.  Do not be cowed.  You might be angry that this happened- be angry.  Go outside.  Throw a plush toy at your wall until your arm hurts.  Scream.  Then go inside.  Take a breath.  And act with love.  Use rage to fuel the love that creates. Your rage comes from love of your fellow human being, and that kind of anger is okay.  Just use it for love.

Love is stronger than hate, but actions are stronger than words.  Today, act with love.  Give blood if you can.  Donate money.  Just go out of your way to be kind to someone.  Be the better world we all hope for. Send letters to Congress telling them to be better. Register to vote.  Educate yourself.

“We lived through times when hate and fear seemed stronger/ We rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer/ And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside.” -Lin-Manuel Miranda, 2016.


Image Credit: Elaine White

In Memoriam: Robin Williams (1951-2014)


Williams as Peter Pan in Hook (1993.)  I loved him this way, halfway between suburban dad and mythical figure.

We here at Pretty Nerdy Things wanted to pay tribute to the late, great Mr. Williams by trying to help someone else.  The kind, gentle and funny man who taught us to crow, and that you can’t wish for more wishes, and to stand on desks to prove a point would have wanted it this way.

Please, if you need help, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

To donate your time or money to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, visit

Since we tend to be Philadelphia-focused, please consider donating to or attending the Out of the Darkness Walk on October 5.

Thank you, Captain.