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J K Rowling to treat fans with Harry Potter short story ebooks


London: Author J K Rowling is bringing out a series of short ebooks that delves deep into the world of boy wizard Harry Potter with stories about some of the characters from the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Beginning September 6, three short e books will be released, Pottermore, the digital publishing and e-commerce world founded by Rowling for fans of Harry Potter announced. The series of byte sized ebooks, approximately 1000 words long each, are being brought out under ‘Pottermore Presents’ and offers Harry Potter fans added insights into the stories, settings and characters.

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“Pottermore Presents is intended to supplement the Harry Potter book series with short-form content that is entertaining and thematically curated by the Pottermore editorial team,” Susan L Jurevics, Chief Executive Officer, Pottermore, said in a statement.

Most of the stories have already been published on the Pottermore website. ‘Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide’ dives into the nooks and crannies of the beloved wizarding school itself, unfurling everything from details about the Hogwarts ghosts, to what happens when the Sorting Hat can’t decide on a student’s house.

‘Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Political and Pesky Poltergeists’ explores the darker roots of the wizarding world. You’ll learn more about the troubles that faced the Ministry of Magic, the horrors of Azkaban prison and enjoy an entirely new original piece of writing by Rowling on Horace Slughorn. In ‘Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies’, Pottermore celebrates the colourful staff of Hogwarts.

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There’s more to discover about Care of Magical Creatures teacher Silvanus Kettleburn, as well as another new piece of writing from Rowling on Minerva McGonagall, and her involvement in the second wizarding war.

The ebooks will be available on the Pottermore website as well as via digital booksellers in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese, and Spanish. “J K Rowling’s writing in these collections reveals intricate details of her characters’ lives, their histories, as well as her inspiration,” Jurevics said.