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.