J.K. Rowling clearly isn’t using her $1B net worth to retire, or even slow down. The best-selling author of the Harry Potter series of novels has begun to release a series of short stories on her website Pottermore, to fill in details about the magical world in North America (and other magic hubs/schools we’ve not yet been introduced to). The stories make use of the mythical elements of Native American legend and the tragically real witch trials that took place in the early colonies. They also establish the existence of a “Magical Congress of the United States of America”.
The release is part of a build-up to the much anticipated movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them–the film adaptation of the book, which was a textbook given to the students of Hogwarts. Rowling actually wrote and published the “textbook” (under the pseudonym Newt Scamander) as an accompanying work in 2001. It was never intended to be developed into a film trilogy, but Warner Brothers approached her about it and she agreed to write a screenplay. It will be set 70 years before the events in the main Harry Potter series.
Here is the wonderfully animated “trailer” for the short stories about the history of magic in North America:
Rowling has said in the past that a “Harry Potter #8” book would probably never happen – but the sequel stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is set to debut in London this summer (which takes place 19 years after the events of the final book and stars Harry, Ron, Hermione and Harry’s son Albus) and it’s been given the official distinction of “The Eighth Story”.
Rowling is clearly busier than ever in keeping the Potter Universe alive and expanding, which is making Potter fans extremely happy. Way to go, Jo!
Are you looking forward to the upcoming Harry Potter stories/films/plays? Would you prefer Rowling publish another Harry Potter novel, or do you like the array of mediums she’s been using instead? Tell us in the comments!