J.K. Rowling Releasing Harry Potter E-Books on Pottermore Site

Entertainment Jun. 23, 2011 AT 11:27AM
J.K. Rowling Releasing Harry Potter E-Books on Pottermore Site Credit: David Fisher/Rex/Rex USA

It's a magical day for Harry Potter fans: the beloved wizarding series will finally be released as e-books in October.

Author J.K. Rowling, 45, made the announcement during a Thursday news conference in London. The seven novels, previously available only in print and audio formats, will be made available through Pottermore, a brand new site based on the best-selling series.

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"I wanted to pull it back to the reading, to the literary and story experience. I've had a lot to do with virtually every aspect of it," Rowling explained. "I wanted to give something back to the fans that have followed Harry so devotedly over the years, and to bring the stories to a new digital generation."

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Pottermore will be open to all users in October, but 1 million fans will be chosen to "help shape" the experience of the site on July 31 (Potter and Rowling's birthday). Around 18,000 words of new material, ranging from background info on characters' lives to the history of Hogwarts school, will appear on the site.

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Rowling also announced that she has no plans to revisit the series in an eighth book. "I do have closure with Harry," she said. "I have no plans to write another novel. I'm pretty sure I'm done on the novel front, but it was fun while it lasted."

That doesn't mean she's finished with Potter entirely, though. "Will there ever be an encyclopedia? Possibly," she said. "If ever I do do a printed encyclopedia, I would like for all the proceeds to go to charity."

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