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All those Harry Potter fans craving more of our favourite bespectacled hero can rejoice: JK Rowling has officially announced a brand new short story series via Pottermore.

More shenanigans are expected at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, courtesy of a quartet of new eBooks.

The 53-year-old author is releasing four short stories in an all-new series entitled Harry Potter: A Journey Through…

The franchise takes inspiration from the British Library exhibition and its companion books, Harry Potter: A History of Magic.


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Pottermore uploaded a post of the four eBook covers, captioning the images;

"Ever wondered where magic really came from? Introducing the Harry Potter: A Journey Through… non-fiction eBook shorts, adapted from the audiobook Harry Potter: A History of Magic and inspired by the British Library exhibition of the same name.

"Swipe to see all four titles in the series, and head to the link in our bio to find out more (including release dates!)," it added.


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Four of Rowling's “non-fiction” stories are titled: Harry Potter: A Journey Through Charms and Defence Against the Dark ArtsHarry Potter: A Journey Through Potions and HerbologyHarry Potter: A Journey Through Divination and Astronomy and Harry Potter: A Journey Through Care of Magical Creatures.

According to Pottermore, “In addition to exploring the origins of magic through history and folklore, the eBook shorts will also feature notes, manuscript pages and charming sketches as previously seen in Harry Potter: A History of Magic.”

Each tale is created to teach readers a new Hogwarts lesson, while staying true to the original folklore and magic of the classic book series.

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The first of the two shorts, Harry Potter: A Journey Through Charms and Defence Against the Dark Arts and Harry Potter: A Journey Through Potions and Herbology, will be online and ready for purchase on June 27.

The rest of the eBooks are due to be published in the coming months. You can also preorder the entire quartet on Amazon.

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Many of us who grew up with the entire Harry Potter franchise remember waiting in those incredibly long queues for the latest book to be released, eagerly sprinted to the cinema for the flicks and desperately trying to dodge spoilers about character plots.

We also know that once it gets rebooted, we're officially OLD. Daniel Radcliffe will always be our Harry, Emma Watson our Hermione, and Rupert Grint our ginger nut Ron. 

The actor who played the title role has now confirmed his thoughts that the hugely popular franchise will be rebooted, and we're totally in denial. Please don't do this to us.

Radcliffe spoke to IGN about playing the boy wizard in the formative film series, sharing his affirmation that "some other version" of the movies will be created in the future.

"I’m sure there will be some other version of it. I know I’m not the last Harry Potter I’m gonna see in my lifetime – we’ve already got a few more in stage play Cursed Child."

The Fantastic Beasts franchise has kept the wizarding world alive (and is allegedly getting five films), as well as Pottermore and Harry Potter World. Radcliffe didn't rule out the possibility of a Harry Potter TV spin-off.


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The actor recently revealed that the spin-off would be intriguing especially if it featured the Marauders- the name given to the group of friends featuring Harry's papa James Potter, Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew and Sirius Black.

The Marauders gang aren't alive before the final book or movie, the movie would presumably be a prequel. "I feel like there are other stories from that world that you could absolutely turn into a TV series, 100 percent," Daniel told TV Guide.

"A series with the older generation Marauders, that could be very cool." Amen, Daniel, Amen.


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“To a certain extent with things like the play and Fantastic Beasts, I think people are still interested in talking to me about it, but nothing’s been happening in that area,” he told E! News in May of last year.

“At the moment, I’m very much enjoying playing lots of different stuff.” In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter he wouldn’t mind reprising his role.

“I’m never going to close that door, but I think I’ll be happy enough and secure enough to let someone else play it,” he said at the time.

Radcliffe's latest role sees him take on the part of a low-level angel in Miracle Workers who must convince God to let humans survive. 

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Part of what makes world of Harry Potter so immersive and distinct is the language that JK Rowling developed to embellish the stories and lives of the characters we know and love. 

The iconic author created an entire dictionary of words that are unique to the wizarding world, made up entirely by Rowling's imagination with a little help from Latin and folklore. 

As you might have realised if you read the books first before watching the movies, some of the words and phrases read quite differently to how they are spoken.  

A prime example is Voldemort, which is pronounced with a hard 't', even in the films. 

However, Rowling revealed that she intended the 't' to be silent, and for Voldemort to be with the soft, French pronunciation of 'mor,' without the 't' sound.

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Along with He Who Must Not Be Named, there are quite a few other words outlined by Pottermore, which are mispronounced on the regular.

Hermione is one, as it seems that much like Victor Krum, we readers were baffled by the name which is derived from Greek mythology. 

As we're all aware by now, her name is pronounced  ‘Her-my-oh-nee,' rather than 'Her-me-own.' 

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In keeping with the mispronounced names theme, centaur Firenze also had us confused – apparently it's pronounced 'Fee-renzy,' and is an Italian name.  

When it comes to wizarding finance, the money increments discussed in the books are galleons, sickles and knuts, and it's the humble copper knuts which seem to have us tongue tied. 

We assumed that knuts was pronounced with a silent 'k', but alas, we were wrong – it's actually pronounced ka-nuts.' Baffling. 

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Next up we have a few spells and potion ingredients, the names of which were more befuddling than the magic they evoked. 

If you fancied conjuring the Dark Mark, Morsmordre was the incantation for you.  While we always enjoyed the delicious word 'smore' being wedged in the middle, it doesn't get used in pronunciation – it's actually a bit of a tongue twister and is pronounced 'mores-more-druh.'

Whether Snape is grilling you about Potions trivia or Ron needs to be saved from unintentional poisoning, the bezoar is the unexpected star of the Harry Potter series.

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Luckily, this goat-derived ingredient is pronounced much like it it reads, 'bee-zore.' 

 Lastly, we have Amortentia, the most powerful love potion known to man (either Muggle or wizard).

We're sure Romilda Vane knows this one off the top of her head, but this powerful little potion is pronounced 'Amore-ten-tia' rather than 'Amore-ten-sheeah.'

Now we're in the mood for a Harry Potter marathon…



If you grew up watching Harry Potter over and over (and over) again, then this might be the perfect job for you.

As if the job we all dreamed off as kids came true, Pottermore is looking for writers. YES.

The fan site is dedicated to the untold adventures of Harry and his friends, as well as all things magical.

If this sounds like your dream (eh, duh?), then you must have a good eye for stories, a passion fo in-depth analysis & research and a strong knowledge of all the Harry Potter tales.

If you want to find out more, check out here.




We think we know all there is to Harry Potter, but once more JK Rowling has revealed a little snippet of information that no one else knew about.

After the HP website, Pottermore released its newest version last week, JK gave us the details that we really wanted, and she didn't disappoint.

Yep, JK revealed that there are other wizarding schools in the world.

Mahoutokoro in Japan, Castelobruxo in Brazil, and Uagadou, in Africa. She also revealed some interesting things about the schools, too.

For instance, students that attend Mahoutokoro are given enchanted robes when they start school, which grow in size with their owners and change colour as they age and increase in skills.

And, Uagadou is the largest of all wizarding schools and welcomes students from all over the continent. Impressive.

Now, what else are you hiding from us Ms Rowling?


Earlier this year, Harry Potter star Tom Felton and Ariana Grande exchanged funny tweets about what Hogwarts house Ariana belonged to. 

He chose Gryffindor for the pop princess, but she later went on to tell him that her Pottermore account had sorted her into Slytherin.

But this week, the two celebs struck up another Twitter conversation after Ariana shared a meme of her blonde self as Lucius Malfoy standing next to a platinum-dyed Draco. 

Tom replied by offering his acting services for Ms Grande's next music video, commenting that he could "dig up a very dashing white wig" if necessary.

But even better, Ariana (who is ever the Harry Potter superfan) said she's so ready for this to happen.

Her new song, Focus, will need a video sometime soon, so maybe Tom might just be on to something here. One thing for sure though, we really hope this happens. 



Harry Potter fans rejoice! Our favourite author has once again given us further insight into the lives of our favourite characters.

This time round, JK Rowling offers an explanation into the deep-rooted resentment that the Dursley family feel towards Harry.

Ms Rowling has released her latest piece of Potter backstory on her website, Pottermore, which is used to interact with fans around the world.

In this post, the 49-year-old author explains how Vernon and Petunia Dursley treated Harry so wretchedly because of their longstanding animosity towards his parents, James and Lily Potter.

She describes the Dursleys as “reactionary, prejudiced, narrow-minded, ignorant and bigoted; most of my least favourite things.”

The author of The Casual Vacancy also explained how she came up with their dreary names. “’Vernon is simply a name I never much cared for. ‘Petunia’ is the name I always gave unpleasant female characters in games of make believe I played with my sister, Di, when we were very young.” She derived ‘Dursley’ from a village near her hometown of Gloucestershire.

Ms Rowling also explains her reasoning behind Petunia’s lacklustre final goodbye to Harry that left many fans feeling disappointed.

While Petunia looked as if she wanted to say something to Harry, she merely cocked her head and left without a word. “She gave him an odd, tremulous look and seemed to teeter on the edge of speech, but then, with a little jerk of her head, she bustled out of the room after her husband and son.”

Petunia’s creator explains that although Harry’s aunt does in fact have a buried love for her sister, her prejudices and jealousies don’t allow her to acknowledge it and “the realisation that she might never see Lily’s eyes again almost struggled out” of her, but she wasn’t able to admit it.

JK Rowling certainly is one author who takes the sting out of losing your favourite series. As well as frequently providing us avid readers with backstory updates, we can also look forward to the upcoming Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, featuring Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander.

We can’t wait!