By Hope Su
The last installment of the critically acclaimed “Harry Potter” series was released 9 years ago yet author JK Rowling just does not want to stop writing.
The three new e-books she recently released on September 6 have received mixed reviews from fans. Some are happy that she has released new content after such a long hiatus while others complain that the three new e-books are not on-par with the rest of the media in the franchise.
The three new e-books include “Power, Politics, and Pesky Poltergeists,” “Of Heroism, Hardship, and Dangerous Hobbies,” and “Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide.” There is roughly only 660 new words written by Rowling herself. Some fans complained that Rowling did not write most of the e-books herself and instead relied on people like Anne Rafferty, the global digital publisher of the Harry Potter franchise, to compile the e-books. Also, much of the information found in the three new e-books can also be found online through Pottermore.
According to the Atlantic, Rowling stated earlier in the year that the play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” would be the end of Harry’s story, so many people were happy to get even these small stories to continue the Harry Potter saga.
“This is the next generation so I’m thrilled to see it realized so beautifully but, no, Harry is done now,” Rowling said to Reuters News.
Even though there will no longer be new stories about Harry himself, Rowling has expressed interest in continuing to publish stories about the magical wizarding world.
Last month, Jack Thorne with Rowling’s help released “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” which is a play that takes place in Harry’s adulthood and revolves around his son. This is a great example of Rowling continuing the series from a different perspective that doesn’t revolve around Harry while also experimenting with different media, though she only contributed and was not the main writer.
The play was “spellbinding and spine chilling,” according to Time Magazine.
Many fans were deeply upset that “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” was a screenplay and not an actual novel, however. Rowling releasing three new short stories can be seen as an attempt to satisfy dedicated Potterheads.
According to the Telegraph News UK, some fans were disappointed by this fact but most fans were simply happy that Rowling is releasing new content again even though they may not be complete novels.
About ten years ago, Rowling said that she planned to release a complete encyclopedia on the wizarding world of Harry Potter. “Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide” could be a precursor to that encyclopedia. So there is still hope for Potter fans.