Generally reliable media sources such as Time, Vulture and EW have published articles stating that a week from today, on Friday, December 12, 2014, author JK Rowling will begin releasing and posting 12 new Harry Potter short stories, one per day, at 1:00 p.m. GST/8:00 a.m. EST at the Pottermore site. The Pottermore site is Rowling’s official site.
However, do not get too excited about this news too quickly. While the reports that JK Rowling will be releasing the 12 new Harry Potter short stories might turn out to be accurate, the Pottermore site, itself, does not mention the words “Harry Potter short stories,’ anywhere. Instead, it states that there will be a “festive surprise” there every day starting next Friday, December 12,
Time, io9, MTV.com, and many other sources have reported that the new content at the Pottermore site will include a new Harry Potter short story per day for 12 days, beginning on December 12, perhaps assuming that the “new content” that will be at the site means that Rowling is intending to post a new Harry Potter short story each day leading up to Christmas, whether the site outright states that or not.
Users of the Pottermore site were sent an email today, Friday December 5, mentioning that there will be “new writing,” at the Pottermore site, but not specifically that the “new writing” was new Harry Potter short stories. What the email and the site does mention is that the “new content” or “new writing” will include writing by J. Rowling, 49, in something, perhaps a column, titled “Moments from Half-Blood Prince.”
Also, there will be new potions at least on some days, and “shiny gold Galleons.” According to MTV.com, the Pottermore site mentions that there will be daily “rhyming riddles” there, like conundrums, for readers to solve to reveal a Pottermore Christmas surprise. While there will be “new content” at the site, though, and “new writing,” that does not necessarily mean the same thing as saying that every day JK Rowling will be releasing and posting a new Harry Potter short story beginning on Friday, December 12.
There have been rumors that one of the supposed short stories posted by JK Rowling will focus on or around Draco Malfoy. However, this is, so far, unconfirmed, and is just a rumor, as are the articles purporting to be true that there will be a new Harry Potter short story per day starting next Friday, December 12. It would be great if the interpretation Time and other sources have arrived at that the “new content” and “new writing” will include new Harry Potter short stories turns out to be true.
On the other hand — these sources could potentially be leading to millions of Harry Potter fans being disappointed when they discover on December 12 that there will not be any new Harry Potter short stories released starting then. Unlike before Halloween, when direct mention was made at the Pottermore site that there would be a new short story about Dolores Umbridge there, there has not yet been any mention that the “new content” at the site starting on Friday, December 12, will be new Harry Potter short stories written by JK Rowling. If only that would turn out to be true, it would be a nice early Christmas present for Harry Potter fans from the talented JK Rowling.
Written By: Douglas Cobb