JK Rowling releasing 12 new Harry Potter short stories for Christmas
If you are a fan of the Harry Potter books, movies, hotel chains, etc., then author JK Rowling just gave you the best Christmas present you could hope for: more Harry Potter.
According to Variety, Rowling will release 12 new short stories set in the world of Harry Potter. The first story will be released on the Pottermore website on December 12 at 5pm PST, with a new story appearing each day for the next 12 days. The final story will appear on Christmas Eve.
Neither Rowling nor the Pottermore site revealed what the subject matter will be, although it did say that it would feature “wonderful writing by J.K. Rowling in Moments from ‘Half-Blood Prince,’ shiny gold Galleons and even a new potion or two.” At least one story is rumored to focus on Draco Malfoy as well, but that’s unconfirmed.
Rowling recently released a 5,000 word story on the website focusing on antagonist Delores Umbridge. Prior to that in July, she released another story giving readers a tiny hint at what became of the characters after their time at Hogwarts.
Following the release of the final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Rowling claimed that she was done with the series and likely done with the genre for good. In 2012, she released the novel The Casual Vacancy, which was very much for adults. It went on to become a best-seller, and will soon become a BBC TV series, but Rowling couldn’t stay away from the Harry Potter franchise.
In September 2013, Warner Bros. announced a new Harry Potter prequel film was in the works with Rowling making her screenwriting debut on the project. WB has since confirmed that the new series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, will be a trilogy, with the first film hitting theaters on November 18, 2016. The second and third films will follow in 2018 and 202, respectively.