First of four new JK Rowling stories lands online today
In your twenties or thirties and still suffering from Severe Hogwarts Withdrawal Syndrome? Then 2016 is your lucky year (like a normal year, but with just the right amount of Felix Felicis).
This summer, we’re returning to J.K. Rowling’s magical world through the Harry Potter sequel play The Cursed Child – and in November, Warner Bros are treating us to the Harry Potter spin-off film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Set in 1920s New York, the film is Rowling’s first screenplay, and stars Eddie Redmayne as Ministry of Magic Employee and British Wizard in New York Newt Scamander (future author of one of Potter’s school textbooks, the titular Fantastic Beasts).
Rowling announced on Monday that four new pieces of writing, all of which will set the scene for the forthcoming film, will be released on the Harry Potter fan website website Pottermore.
Each piece will be released separately, with the first arriving today at 2pm (and the other three at 2pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday respectively).
The new stories will revolve around a brand new American wizarding world.
Rowling rooted Harry Potter in Britain and in British folklore, although wider European history also got a look in – thanks to Beauxbatons and Durmstrang, we got a glimpses into Europe’s wizarding schools in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, while there was more than a whiff of Nazi ideology to both Voldemort’s “pureblood”-obsessed Death Eaters, and the “Greater Good” movement started by Dumbledore’s former love object/nemesis Grindelwald.
Now Rowling will be taking inspiration from US culture and history.