For an even more reason to dress up as your favorite Harry Potter character this Halloween, J.K. Rowling is returning to the wizarding world to focus on one of Harry Potter’s most twisted foes.
As Pottermore itself wrote, “Umbridge is not only one of the most malicious Potter characters—she is the only person other than Lord Voldemort to leave a permanent physical scar on Harry.” Umbridge scarred Harry with aBlood Quill, an object of dark magic that uses the blood of its user as ink.
Rowling’s new Potter writing will be released Oct. 31 on Pottermore. It follows a string of new Potter material released by Rowling this year via the website, including a fake news story about the Quidditch World Cup that gave an update on Harry, Ron, and Hermione, a snarky World Cup liveblog from the notorious Rita Skeeter, and a deep lookat the singing witch Celestina Warbeck.
This new story is the third Rowling has released on Pottermore this year, following a new one about Harry as a 33-year-old and another short about the singing sorceress Celistina Warbeck. This is an exciting time for Harry Potter fans because recently Warner Bros. set the dates to release a Harry Potter spin-off trilogy of the novella Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The films will be released individually in 2016, 2018, and 2020.
Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara has said the project will be at least a trilogy, leaving room for even more films after 2020.
Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is based on the Hogwarts textbook of the same name and follows the adventures of its author, Newt Scamander. The plot is set in New York about 70 years before the beloved Harry Potter’s story begins.
The first movie will mark J.K. Rowling’s debut as a screenwriter. The author plans on screenwriting the second and third movies of the Harry Potter spin-off trilogy as well.
When making a film adaptation of a written work, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows set the norm for creating extra movies from one book. For Deathly Hollows, part one was released in 2010 and part 2 was released in 2011. Other books in series that have followed a similar format when adapted to the big screen include The Hobbit, The Hunger Games, and Twilight.
David Yates, the director of the last four Harry Potter films, will return for the new spin-off trilogy. David Heyman, the producer for all eight Harry Potter films, will join Yates to work on J.K. Rowling’s other beast of a book. Are you enjoying these short stories? Excited for the release of more?