Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Tales of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Quidditch Through the Cursed Child: Official Harry Potter Works beyond the 7 books.

               The official Harry Potter book series ended in 2007 with the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and seemingly again in 2011 with the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.  But knowing the fans incredible appetite for all things Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling has released four separate books (and three ebooks) as a supplement to the seven novels, but only one of which actually continues the stories of the main characters.  
                The first two books were released at the same time as supposed textbooks that Harry Potter studied in Hogwarts, in 2001, in between Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.   The first book is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, purportedly written by Newt Scamander.  In the book, stylized to be Harry Potter’s actual copy (and contains notes from Ron from the time of Goblet of Fire) there are descriptions of over 80 magical creatures throughout the world, including some that have appeared in the books, like the Hungarian Horntail, which appeared in Goblet of Fire.  The book also contains an introduction from Albus Dumbledore and a short biography of the author.  And now, in 2016, there is a new theatrical movie about to be released, about Newt and his dealings with magical creatures in 1920s New York City.  
                The other book released in 2001 is Quidditch through the Ages, supposedly written by Kennilworty Whisp.  This book details the history of the fictional flying broomstick game Quidditch.  The book has 10 chapters, which detail such things as the evolution of the Flying Broomstick, Ancient Broom Games, Changes to Quidditch since the 14th Century and Quidditch Today.  At 56 pages, it is the shortest of the supplemental books (not counting the ebooks). 
                In 2007 J.K. Rowling released 7 handwritten copies of The Tales of Beedle the Bard.  One of them was put up for auction, and Amazon.com paid an incredible £1.95 million (or $3 million).  The Tales of Beedle the Bard function as a type of children’s folktales for the world of Harry Potter, and were mentioned in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, with the story of The Tale of the Three Brothers read in full.  J.K. Rowling included that story and added four others, three of which were mentioned as part of the Tales book.  The four other stories are The Wizard and the Hopping Pot, the Fountain of Fair Fortune, The Warlock’s Hairy Heart (the only story not mentioned in Deathly Hallows), and Babbity Rabbitty and her Crackling Stump.  The book also features an “introduction” by J.K. Rowling set in the world of the book and notes from Albus Dumbledore. 
                Since 2013 J.K. Rowling had been working on a stage play based on the world of Harry Potter.  In 2016, the play was finally released to the public in the West End in the UK, called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, parts 1 and 2 (to be watched over one day or two nights).  The story is by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, but the play is officially written by Jack Thorne and the rehearsal edition was released in book form on July 31, 2016.  The plot of the play follows Harry, Ron and Hermonie as adults.  Harry is now an employee at the Ministry of Magic, and his son Albus is attending Hogwarts for his first year, both struggling with the past legacy that Harry had left at Hogwarts nineteen years ago.  The play opened to rave reviews and is sold out through the end of 2017. 
                Among the other supplemental stories released by Rowling: a 800-word unnamed short story for an auction, which was a prequel starring James Potter and Sirius Black, and three ebooks about Hogwarts, one being a guide to the place and two others featuring short stories of “Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies” and “Power, Political and Pesky Poltergeists.”

                While any fan of Harry Potter can read just the seven official books and be satisfied, the supplemental books expand on the world of the novels and give it depth and detail, and in the case of The Cursed Child, continue the story of our favorite characters.  Check out these official supplemental books to Harry Potter series.  

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