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They’re here!: New looks into the Harry Potter universe

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It's been an exciting year for Potterheads, and J.K. Rowling isn't finished yet.

The author will release a trio of eBook shorts called "Pottermore Presents" on Tuesday, giving readers the opportunity to return to Hogwarts once more. The series will be available for purchase on the Pottermore website and from other eBook retailers like Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

"Short Stories From Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies" profiles two of Harry Potter's most upstanding professors, Remus Lupin and Minerva McGonagall, and focuses on the latter's role in the second wizarding war. It also offers a glimpse into the lives of prophetic divination professor Sybill Trelawney and her colleague Silvanus Kettleburn, the audacious care-of-magical-creatures teacher preceding Hagrid.


The second eBook, "Short Stories From Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists," serves as a darker counterpart to the first. It examines the competing institutions of the wizarding world — the Ministry of Magic and the prison Azkaban — in addition to several power-hungry characters. Merciless professor and Ministry bureaucrat Dolores Umbridge is one such figure, as well as the plotting Tom Marvolo Riddle and his unaware potions master, Horace Slughorn.

"Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide" explores an element consistent throughout all of Rowling's work — the existence of the Scottish wizarding school itself. The last in the "Pottermore Presents" series, this eBook will answer questions of the castle's history and its more permanent features: the grounds, residing ghosts, the Sorting Hat, and so on.

Muggles looking to revisit their favorite fantasy world will have to rely on these three eBooks and the upcoming film "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" to do so, as Rowling confirmed earlier this summer that the two-part play "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" would be the final installment in the Chosen One's saga.


This news isn't cause for worry, though. The "Pottermore Presents" eBooks promise to unveil new and enthralling stories, many of which take place in the familiar halls of Hogwarts. It's safe to say that going back to school has never felt quite this magical.

Sonia Rao can be reached at sonia.rao@globe.com.