It looks like Harry Potter fans may have even more to be excited about: following the buzzed-about announcement that all seven Harry Potter books would be getting new covers to celebrate the series’ 15th anniversary this fall, Barnes & Noble is now claiming that all seven books (available in paperback only) will feature new never-before-seen content!
It’s important to note that while B&N may be privy to information from Scholastic indicating that this content will in fact be in the books, it has not been confirmed by Scholastic, the Potter publisher.
Here’s the full text from BN.com’s product description for the new edition of Sorcerer’s Stone:
This special edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone has a gorgeous new cover illustration by Kazu Kibuishi. Inside is the full text of the original novel, with decorations by Mary GrandPré and bonus material in the back!
Barnes & Noble’s claim that new content will be featured in the back of the book is an interesting one. Potter fans know that Rowling teamed up with Sony to create Pottermore, a way for the author to release new content from the books without publishing the long-hoped-for official companion guide or encyclopedia to the series. Will Scholastic be reprinting some of this information? Has Rowling written new content for the back of each book? Did she have notes left over ready for publishing? It’s all up in the air, but quite frankly, we’d be happy with any of those options.
B&N is also stating that the boxed set will contain even more new content. It’s unclear as to whether the box itself will feature its own artwork, but B&N is promising that when the spines are all lined up together, they create a new scene:
The perfect gift for collectors and new readers alike, we now present a breathtaking special edition boxed set of J. K. Rowling’s seven bestselling Harry Potter books! The box itself is beautifully designed with new artwork by Kazu Kibuishi, and the books create a gorgeous, magical vista when the spines are lined up together.
All in all, it looks like we’re in for quite the treat this fall. We’ll be sure to continue reporting on the possibility of new content and any new covers as they come in!