Posts Tagged: Harry Potter


On the 18th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling announced the next installment of the immensely popular fantasy series: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. But, hold onto your britches… it’s not a novel. It’s actually the long talked-about theatrical production that Rowling first revealed in 2013. Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender will produce, and the score will be provided by Imogen Heap (!!).

According to its producers, will “tell the ‘untold part’ of the boy wizard’s story, including the story of the lives of his murdered parents.” This, however, contradicts Rowling’s statement on Twitter that the play “is not a prequel!” Perhaps the narrative of Harry’s childhood and his parents’ lives are wrapped around storytelling motif featuring an older Harry Potter and his children?

Friedman and Callender also revealed that the play will feature many popular characters from the series, and “will offer a unique insight into the heart and mind of the now legendary young wizard”

Why not a novel? “I am confident that when audiences see the play they will agree that it was the only proper medium for the story,” Rowling teased.

The first run of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will run at the Palace Theatre in London during the summer of 2016.

Harry Potter Anime

Anime was always a part of my life growing up. From Speed Racer as a kid, to Sailor Moon as a pre-teen, to the first time my friend and I discovered Akira as high schoolers, I’ve been attracted to their unusual fantasy and science fiction tales. I’m also a raving Harry Potter fan.

So, I sorta have to be obsessed with Nacho Punch‘s mashup of Harry Potter and post-apocalyptic/cyberpunk ’80s anime, right?

Oh, right, spoilers (if you’ve been living under a rock for a decade and haven’t read Harry Potter.)

J.K. Rowling, author of THE CASUAL VACANCY

When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock.

Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.

I’m calling it now, Fairweather was a squib.

In seriousness, I’m looking forward to this, despite it having no seeming ties to the Harry Potter universe. I was considered Rowling’s humour to be one of the under-appreciated strengths of the Harry Potter universe, and to see her embrace that in The Casual Vacancy has me curious. Plus, well, I’ve long had a soft-spot for small town murder mysteries and I think Rowling will do an admirable job, especially if she’s able to capture some of the community-as-character magic that helped Harry Potter climb to such heights.

The Casual Vacancy will be released on September 27th, 2012 by Little, Brown.

Harry Potter eBooks now availableAfter years of impatient clamouring, Harry Potter fans can finally read about the Boy Who Lived on their favourite eBook devices. The books are now available in several eBook formats and range in price from $7.99 to $9.99 and are available for purchase through the Pottermore Store. The entire collection can be purchased for $57.54, which works out to about eight bucks a book. Not too bad.

Most interesting, though, is the way the books behave once purchased through the Pottermore store. The Verge has details:

Once you create a Pottermore account and buy a book (the first three are $7.99 each, the final four $9.99 each), you can download it up to eight times in any format you choose. The Wall Street Journal notes that each retailer gets a cut of the sales, but Apple’s iTunes Store is notably absent — you’ll need the ePub version if you want to read in iBooks.

Once you assign your purchase to a service (we tried an Amazon Kindle purchase), it behaves just as any Kindle book does. You can download it as many times as you want to your Kindle, it shows up with all other purchased books, and works on any device that Amazon has an app for (including the iPad). We also downloaded the ePub version and easily synced it to our iPad; it opened in iBooks without issue. These digital rights felt pretty reasonable to us — you could assign a copy to each of the four supported services, download an ePub copy, and still have three downloads remaining.

In a way, this round-about DRM is frustrating and being locked into purchasing the books through Pottermore is an extra step in the process, but, on the flipside, I appreciate that once a book is purchased, it’s available for download in multiple eBook formats and usable across various devices. Nothing’s more frustrating than known that each Kindle book I buy is locked into the Kindle platform and won’t be available (without some elbow grease), should I ever choose to use an eBook reader that doesn’t support .mobi files. It’s also nice to know that readers will, essentially, be able to share the book amongst friends and families more easily than most eBooks.

The Verge is also impressed with the quality of the eBooks:

The ebooks themselves are nicely formatted, with original illustrations intact, but there’s no bonus material here — though the WSJ notes that “enhanced editions” will video and audio content will eventually follow.

I’m not really one to care much for “bonus material” in eBooks, but I’d make a very generous and slavering exception for the Harry Potter series. I can’t wait to see those “Enhanced Editions” down the road.