Pottermore content of new Bloomsbury editions revealed
With Bloomsbury’s newest editions of the Harry Potter books (with cover art by Jonny Duddle) set to be released in the United Kingdom on September 1, we are excited to announce that we have a preview of the exclusive Pottermore content featured in the books, courtesy of the francophone Harry Potter fansite La Gazette du Sorcier. We now know that a spread at the end of each novel will include a number of one- or two-sentence anecdotes containing fun facts about the wizarding world. Targeted primarily to younger readers of the series, the pages encourage a more interactive experience and invite the reader to visit Pottermore to find out more about Harry’s world. Additionally, Bloomsbury has included a four-page biography of J.K. Rowling – as well as a page of fun facts about the author, entitled “J.K. Rowling: Fact File” – at the end of Book 7. At the start of the new edition of each book, there will also be a map of Hogwarts, showing the placement of such locations as the Forbidden Forest, the Quidditch Pitch, and Hogsmeade in relation to the school. Finally, changes have been made to the layout of the books themselves to allow for a richer experience while reading. For example, Snape’s potions riddle – one of the obstacles faced by Harry, Ron, and Hermione in Book 1 – has been rendered to look like a handwritten note. See the gallery below for photos of the new content, and merci beaucoup to Cory of La Gazette du Sorcier for the photos and tip! To read the original article (in French), you can go here. Are you excited for the new information? Do you plan to purchase the new Bloomsbury editions of the books? Were you surprised by any of the fun facts? Let us know in the comments!