J.K. Rowling to Release Four New Wizarding World Stories (Set in America) Ahead of ‘Fantastic Beasts’!

by Rachel McRady 1:41 AM PST, March 08, 2016
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What a magical way to start the week! Continuing with her recent trend of making Harry Potter fans' dreams come true, J.K. Rowling has announced via her Pottermore website that she will be releasing four brand new stories set in the wizarding universe. These tales have been titled "Magic in North America" and will cover the origins behind American witches and wizards.

A new installment will be released online every day this week, starting on Tuesday, until the final story on Friday, March 11.

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"Magic in North America will bring to light the history of this previously unexplored corner of the wizarding world in the run up to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," the announcement on Pottermore reads. "And you'll want to get up to speed before the film comes around in November."

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Rowling recently confirmed that Fantastic Beasts -- for which she has penned the scripts -- will be a trilogy of films, starring Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne. The stories are set about 70 years before Harry Potter and follow magizoologist Newt Scamander as he travels to America with some magical creatures.

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Entertainment Weekly also released a teaser video for the new Pottermore stories, with animated drawings.

"The wizarding world you thought you knew is much larger than you ever imagined," the narrator says. "Look beyond the surface and you will find another world running parallel to our own… The history of America is more amazing than you could have ever imagined."

These new stories aren't the only magical presents Rowling has doled out recently. The British author also had a heavy hand in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – the two-part play coming to London's West End this summer that's a direct sequel of her best-selling book franchise.