British author JK Rowling is releasing a new series of four original stories featuring wizarding history previously unexplored in the films and novels of the Harry Potter series. The new series, titled “The History of Magic in North America,” will premiere tomorrow on Pottermore at 9:00 AM. The author’s interactive web portal is the only place you’ll be able to read the new stories. They will focus on the history of magic the United States in the early 1900s. Topics will include the American wizarding school Ilvermorny, skin-walkers, and the magical history behind the Salem witch trials.
This fall, Harry Potter fans can look forward to the arrival of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and the events of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on Nov. 18 in New York. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes place in 1920s New York City, where Scamander accidentally releases a bunch of magical creatures during his meeting with an official from the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA).
JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books have enchanted generations, and many have dreamed of what attending Hogwarts would be like. Rowling got the idea for the books while on a delayed train from Manchester to London in 1990. The first novel in the series was completed in 1995. Twelve different publishers rejected the manuscript before Christopher Little Literary Agents struck a deal with Bloomsbury to bring the book to market. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone hit shelves in 1997. The book won the British Book Award for Children’s Book of the Year eight months after publication.
The next three books in the series were published in 1998, 1999, and 2000. In 2001, the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was released. Each of the Harry Potter books and films has seen considerable success, spawning legions of fans around the globe. A play centered around Harry Potter’s son Albus, titled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, is slated to debut in London in July 2016. A trilogy film adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will also be released in 2016.