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While discussing its profits and looking ahead, U.K. Harry Potter publisher Bloomsbury revealed a very interesting tidbit about a future Potter project.

UPDATE: Bloomsbury has now officially announced the box set – see all the details.

We noticed the following blurb in Reuters’ report on the earnings call:

Bloomsbury, the publisher of the “Harry Potter” series by author JK Rowling, also said it was counting on a new Rowling three-book box set tied into the Potter series, and a non-fiction account of spies in World War II to support sales in the coming year.

No other details were mentioned, but with J.K. Rowling recently confirming she’s actively working on a Harry Potter encyclopedia, our first guess would be that this project is what Bloomsbury is referring to.

Could the encyclopedia be split into three parts? This likely isn’t a re-release of the existing books, as there are only three in the box set.

Whatever it is, we can’t wait to learn more!

UPDATE: A separate report on the Bloomsbury call says it was described as a Hogwarts Library Box Set

  • http://www.facebook.com/heather.smith07 Heather Smith

    I’m hoping its not a rerelease of Qudditch Through the Ages, Fantastic Beasts and Beedle The Bard in a box set or something. Otherwise I’m very very excited! 

    • Tom

      That’s what I thought. Seems too soon for the encyclopaedia.

      • http://twitter.com/vonchambers Devon Chambers

        too soon? uh … she obviously had most of the content fleshed out in the decade or so she was writing the books and she stopped working on potter in late 2006 which was 6 years ago so I think 16 years is enough time to gather her thoughts into one book. 

        that said I don’t think it is the encyclopedia because that sounds very goofy to split it up into 3 parts. 

        • jkrfan33

          I don’t know why that would sound goofy. Plenty of encyclopedia’s are more than one book. Plus that means we’ll have a lot to comb through! But I do (unfortunately) agree with Heather.

        • Tom

          See my comment below. It is not going to be the encyclopaedia. (The reason I said it was too soon is that she’s implied in the recent past that an encyclopaedia would be years away if it happened at all)

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_72TDYOGTQX5TPTA2B3HV55XCAQ Corin

      Agreed… but I’m really afraid this is along the lines of what it will be since WB is doing the whole dvd box set thing Bloomsbury might be trying to capitalize on that release and try and get people to buy these companion books as a set.  We’ll wait and see

      • http://www.facebook.com/heather.smith07 Heather Smith

        Yeah thats what I was thinking. Although it could be something like different books in the series (Hogwarts: A History, etc) that she could be releasing, or it could be an extended version of that prequel she wrote some years ago. Either way, I’m interested and really hoping it’s something exciting (like a prequel, or textbook type things), not something lame. 

  • jkrfan33

    Is the non-fiction WWII book from JKR or is that just another book from someone else they’re counting on to boost profits? And I also hope its not a rerelease of Quidditch, Beasts, and Beedle.

    • Maria

      What non-fiction WWII book? Please enlighten me! (no sarcasm intended). 

      • jkrfan33

        The post mentions it at the end of the post.

      • Hannahg533

        They’re just talking about what’s going to be released this year that
        will make the publisher money.  The JKR box set and some other anticipated book from another author about WWII will bring in the bucks.

  • Popeye9487

    It will probably be a re-release of Quidditch Through The Ages, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them and The Tales Of Beedle The Bard in one boxset…..although im sure they already did that??? But i cant see any other option because there is no way she could have written the encyclopedia already as she has been working on The Casual Vacancy..and i doubt shes written three new subsidiary books, but apart from a boxed re-reease that would be the most likely option- maybe 3 new ones from charity based off of ones from pottermore??

  • Linds

    That seems to make more sense Heather…

  • Hermione Granger

    The encyclopedia would certainly not be here that soon (and it makes no sense about three parts…) Was it just in the US that she switched publishers? So in the UK she’s still with Bloomsbury?

    • Marie

      She never switched Harry Potter publishers – Scholastic’s still got everything Harry Potter in the US, Bloomsbury’s still got all things Potter in the UK – she’s only switching for the new book, which is being published by Little, Brown (UK sect) in the UK as well. :) 

  • DreamNox58

    See, Heathers comment does make more sense.  If it would be Quidditch Throughout the Ages, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and The Tales of Beedle The Bard,not everyone has these books yet.  However, I don’t know how much they would help with sales.  I do own Tales of Beedle the Bard, I used to own Quidditch Through the Ages but it didn’t do anything for me.  So, I would not buy it.

    Not really much to go on right now I guess.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jade-Olivia-Faulkner/620785363 Jade Olivia Faulkner

      This doesn’t make sense because those books have already been released, and because they were written for charity.

  • Tom

    JUST FOUND THIS ON JKROWLING.COM:
    “What about the Harry Potter Encyclopaedia?Updated May 2012: I have been enjoying sharing information about Harry’s world on Pottermore for free, and don’t have any firm plans to publish it in book form.”

    :’(

    • jkrfan33

      She doesn’t have “firm plans”. That means she hasn’t ruled it out entirely.

      • Tom

        No but if there are no firm plans for it then this upcoming “three-book box set” is obviously not going to be it.

  • Brighde28

    if its a re release im going to be so annoyed. in all fairness shes had 5 years to write, so it could be a marauders trilogy? if it is ill be sick with happiness. 

  • Cjnoon

    im buzzin!! im really hoping its tells us about grown up harry and his children! n draco, ron ect ect lol x

  • http://profiles.google.com/gfludal gfludal

    It could be a 3 book box set containing Fantastical Beasts, Quidditch and Beetle the Bard, although hopefully that is just me being pessimistic

    • Cortney J

      Exactly. The “new” probably refers to the limited-edition, certified, all-new collectors box it comes in. NEW BOX WOO.

  • Plat

    Its probably Beetle the Bard, the Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in a set..

    • PotionWillow207

      But we already know about those books. Why would they keep that secret? Also, Fantastical Beasts and Quiddirch Through the Ages are already a boxed set.

      • Plat

        They will probably update the art on it and make it look more unique/better. Who knows. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jade-Olivia-Faulkner/620785363 Jade Olivia Faulkner

    Because JK totally wouldn’t be in on a ‘keep hush hush’ prank?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tyrelle-Castillo/100000173809975 Tyrelle Castillo

    I hope it’s a prequel.. *fingers crossed*

  • http://twitter.com/CaitlinMutch Caitlin Mutch

    Im agreeing with the idea of a re-release. Ive learnt not to get my hopes up when it comes to potter! Shes been busy with her new book too, so I doubt this will be three volumes of an encylopedia.

  • Master_Regulus

    I doubt it will be new novels, if it were they would release then one at a time.

  • Master_Regulus

    My guess would be three new books along the line of quidditch or beedle 

  • Pennytime101

    I bet its Beetle, Fantastic Beasts and Quidditch

  • http://twitter.com/mr_lestaunt ⏃128⏃ Ruan Vinícius

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA OH MY GOD, I CAN’T WAIT, MY GOD MY GOD AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  • Hikage2080

    Its definitely Beetle, Fantastic Beasts and Quidditch

  • http://twitter.com/vonchambers Devon Chambers

    If its already published material I think it is incredibly disingenuous of them to call it “new” … that isn’t new, at all. 

  • KristenKranz

    Personally, I’m hoping for Hogwarts, A History &/or The Life & Lies of Albus Dumbledore… I feel like she has already given us a lot from these books, so maybe she wouldn’t have to write too much more, but it would still be fun to read them in their entirety.

    • http://www.facebook.com/heather.smith07 Heather Smith

      that’s what I’m hoping too! Those would be incredible to read. 

  • http://twitter.com/fabieminako dulce amargo

    OH MY GOD , SOS SOS 

  • Darklikestars

    If I see one more comment about “Beetle” the Bard I am going to scream. It’s BEEDLE! 

  • http://twitter.com/MagicalStar28 Your Killer

    Whatever it is.. I am surely going to buy anything from Jo Anne :)

  • @MeninaDoPadfoot

    ai meudeus genteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • http://twitter.com/potter_lovatic Bê (brenda)

    SOS OMG, GENTE TO CHORANDO, SÉRIO :’)

  • Samuel

    A Beedle/Quidditch/Fantastic Beasts box-set will be disappointing, also if it’s a PS/CoS/PoA box-set or something like that. How amazing would it be if it was new HP stories (marauders, founders etc)? Maybe the encyclopedia but considering what she just said (that there won’t be a published enclyopedia), that doesn’t seem likely. Hmmm….

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Emma-Rodin/100001504634439 Emma Rodin

    Please, let it be a marauders prequel !!! *-*

  • http://twitter.com/next2judd stalkeando o mcfly

    DEUS OUVIU MINHAS PRESES AMÉM

  • Thomas

    Noo..AS JO´S AN EXPERT IN TROLLING PPL..it´s abviously Beedle, Quidditch and Beast re-release in a NEW box-set..ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME? I´m really not liking you Jk Rowling right now..

    • Guest

      You don’t know that yet.

  • Naahmbr

    Como tem gente burra por aqui hein, Beedle, Animais Fantásticos e Quadribol Através dos Séculos já foram publicados –’

  • http://twitter.com/Snapescape Laura Cain

    I’m pretty sure this will be Fantastic Beasts, Quidditch Through The Ages and Beedle Bard, otherwise she would have let the Potter community know about this! And it’s not the encyclopedia because she has just recently updated her website about not writing it. OR she’s just messing with our emotions. No me gusta -_-

  • Cray

    Please let Hogwarts: A History be one of the three books!

    • SaraPotter27

      that’s what I said haha

  • Ana

    OOOOOOOOMG, I CANT BELIEEEEVE *OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO* IT WOUL BE AMAZING, AMAZING *——-* OH please, Jo, say it, please, just say that’s true, i ‘m gonna die *—————————-*

  • Rebecca Botticelli

    O MY ROWLING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Zack

    I’m pretty sure they are referring to Beedle, Quidditch, and Fantastic Beasts. :I

    • GinnyWeasley002

      I hope not. That would be depressing.

    • Celebrity_blue

      this came out today, so it must mean another set of books, because those ones came out ages ago…

  • Rana

    OMG!!!!!!! ACCIO!
    Será mesmo que isso é verídico? 

  • Just Saying

    There should be the books that students use at Hogwarts or like…a diary of some of the characters or journal or the Daily Prophet or something like that to make things really interesting this year and the coming year!

  • http://twitter.com/PotterFelipe01 ⏃ The Chosen One ϟ

    Thank You Very Much God! Harry Potter Book 8,9,and 10?

  • Nickandro

    http://www.jkrowling.com/en_US/#/timeline/other-books/i

    Could this be the new set, or has this come out already?

    • HolyBatman_

      No, sorry, they came out a few years back for comic relife… it includes The Tales Of The Beed The Bard, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them and Quidditch Through The Ages; I already have it :(

  • Letícia Pinho

    J.K ROWLING, I LOVE YOU MY QUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEN!

  • Mrs_Badcrumble

    Please, don’t milk the cow… I prefer that nothing more related to Potter is published unless it is really good and adds something meaningful to the universe… Please keep the integrity of this great series!

    • Tucker

      C’mon its from JKR do you really think that it won’t add anything meaningful to the series?

      • Mrs_Badcrumble

        Have you visited Pottermore? OK, the info added by her is interesting, but the whole project was a flop… Totally unnecessary…
        There are a hundred things that can be made considering Potter, but should they be made?… Don’t get me wrong, I love Potter, but I’m truly afraid that the big companies will want to do more and more stuff just to cash the extra buck.

        • GinnyWeasley002

          Yeah, but “the info added by her is interesting” this wouldn’t be an attempt at a huge interactive online computer game…it would be a book with only info written by her!

          • Mrs_Badcrumble

            I’m sorry. I think I didn’t make myself clear. In my original post I was referring to the other news about the 3 book set that Blumsberry is announcing, not the Encyclopedia that she is saying isn’t gonna happen.

            To sum my thoughts – an Encyclopedia written by Jo would be great. Something else like Pottermore, or the lot of dvds / special dvd set / ultra special dvd set… not so much. Somethings seem to just explore the fandom, specially the movie related. Thank heaven that Jo still has the last word in book related stuff.

        • ^_^

          Considering she gave her money away to charity, I don’t think a company is getting her to write more books. She’s writing because she loves it. I’m sure whatever she does will be amazing.

  • SaraPotter27

    Can someone say Hogwarts: A History, A History of Magic and the encyclopedia??? I’m so down. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=655822750 Lindsey Grant

    Could be the three companion books, maybe? Fantastic Beasts, Quidditch Through the Ages and Beedle the Bard.

    • Guest

      That sounds about right

  • Lightingthunderrain

    Can someone say a Trilogy on The Maurders or The Next Generation of students  

    • http://www.facebook.com/gregory.allen.porter Greg Porter

      Marauders, yes. Next Gen, no. A next generation story would be completely pointless given that there would be no great evil to defeat.

      • Ella

        Voldemort’s 8th undiscovered Horcrux?!?!

        • Leaahh’

          Naa, would mean the entire series was pointless.

        • Becca

          Clearly you don’t get the concept of horcruxes if you think he could have another one =P

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1615474626 Dan Tromp

    I love hp i’ve just been dumped and i need cheering up that news has made me happy

  • http://twitter.com/LiamFloyd Liam Floyd

    Think about it. If it was brand new material it wouldn’t be casually mentioned at the end of an article. I’m pretty sure it’s gonna be Quidditch, Fantastic Beasts, and Beedle.

  • Alex

    if it is a re-release of qudditch, fantastic beast & beedle i hope they stick to the “money goes to charity”

    i mean it would be kind of low if they do it just so they can make money off those 3 books when previously the money went to a good cause

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000165328273 Ivan Vidović

    i hope the books are going to be about marauders

  • guest

    I’m actually equally excited about the WW2 book…this will be great!

    • Marie

      This made me smile :)

  • 5Celcious

    It should be Hogwarts: A History and History of Magic :D

  • Thomas

    CONFIRMED: THE BOX SET IS A HOGWARTS LIBRARY ONE, which will def. include Beedle, Quidditch and Beasts
    http://www.sharecast.com/cgi-bin/sharecast/story.cgi?story_id=20113283 

    so that´s two MAJOR dissapointments today. IT SUCKS!..But I think we have to come to terms that Potter is over, and nothing new, besides PotterBore is to come

    • Jesse

       Potterbore? really? There is  ONE book on there right now. Pottermore IS the encyclopedia people…..

      • Thomas

        But is Pottermore the alternative to the movies and books? cuz if   that´s what it is, and it´s supposed to keep the fandom going..IT´S DOING A REALLY BAD JOB

        • http://twitter.com/jicessa Jess

          I don’t think it’s supposed to be an alternative, it’s more like a book companion. And I do somewhat agree, although we’re exposed to new batch of information on Pottermore, the fanbase did have higher expectations of the sort. =|

    • Delena

      That doesn’t really confirm anything… Isn’t that talking about e-books? I think they’re saying that they’re gonna release Quidditch and Beasts in the e-book format. I don’t think is connects with this. The box set is a NEW one and it’s got three books- the article here on hypable doesn’t say anything about e-books and the link you posted doesn’t specify anything about physical books or a 3 book box set. I’m not seeing the connection

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.gurley1 David Gurley

    To all those speculating, and getting their hopes up. There is virtually zero chance these are new books, much less new full novels. This is for several reasons. 
    1. That would be a huge announcement and a very big deal.
    2. They would never ever release 3 new books at once in one set. That would not maximize prophets. Any new books will be sold and marketed individually and later collected into a set
    3. She just said that she isn’t planning on releasing the encyclopedia any time soon. 

    You can be guaranteed that if she does indeed decide to write a continuation of the Potter story, be it about Harrys kids, the marauders, or anything else, it will be a huge announcement with a great deal of fanfare. So please please please lower your expectations and get ready for something probably mundane.

    • Jay

      yes, they want to make their Isaiahs, Muhammads and Moses’ as large as possible. you know, maximize prophets….

      • Sarah Cropley

         Applause, sir.

      • http://www.facebook.com/david.gurley1 David Gurley

        Nice catch. Thats what I get for typing fast and not proof reading.

  • http://eternalbookshelf.wordpress.com/ Ani Sharmin

    I have to agree with the guesses that it’ll probably be Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch through the Ages, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard packaged together. Otherwise, there probably would have been some big announcement about it, rather than just a short mention in an article about the publisher. Maybe the box set will be in e-book format or something? They’ve made lots of money on the e-books, so maybe they figure e-books of these titles will sell well also?

    Also, remember that The Casual Vacancy is being released in September, and given what we’ve seen with so much time between JKR’s book releases, I think it’s unlikely it’ll be a new Harry Potter book.

    At the very most, if it is a new book, I think it’ll be something similar to Fantastic Beasts, etc. and not a big novel. But then again, she’s putting up the material on Pottermore …

  • Bow_to_death

    Jesus Christ, this is exactly why we never get anything from Jo, because you all have to be so negative.

  • stargazer

    Fantastic Beasts, Quidditch, Beedle.  Simply put them in a boxed set like what was done before with Fantastic Beasts and Quidditch. (all three are approximately the same size, at least in the Scholastic editions)  But weren’t the proceeds from those going to charity?  Is something going to change that?  (How does that work?  Is it that all the profit goes to charity or that a portion of the products go to charity?)

  • WeasleyWrock

    seriously I’m so happy that I’m crying.

  • http://twitter.com/PotterFelipe01 ⏃ The Chosen One ϟ

    Oh no! The 3 books will be:  The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Quidditch Through the Ages, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    • Gred&Forge

      There already is a The Tales of Beedle the Bard, I have it:)

      • Becca

        There are already all of those three books, it’s a new boxset. The Chosen One wasn’t theorising.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VCJSDSEDKYOBEKWGIXCDB2QPYA Henry

    OMG this is amazing NEWS!!

  • http://twitter.com/ExpectoKiwiland Danielle Penny Lane

    Oh I do hope the Encyclopedia comes in 3 parts, I want something BIG! Boy, 3 large TOMES would make my decade, I swear <3 Name your price and I would be there. That is interesting news.
    I could be the re-release of the mini books in a set, but I have my doubts and I'm also hopeful.

  • http://twitter.com/TokoMasho Matthew Potter

     I have a bad feeling that they got the ‘new’ part wrong and it’s just
    going to be QTtA, MBaWtFT, & ToBtB. I sure hope they are new ones
    though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002314243992 Alana Potter Rohrbach

    Hopefully it’s not just Quiditch throught the Ages, Fantastic Beats and where to Find Them, and The Tales of Beetle the Bard. (Heehehehe. Fantastic Beasts and where to FIND them. Salamander’s OBV…………………………………IOUSLY a Hufflepuff :3)

  • Samantha

    *fangirling* Everything is Harry Potter and nothing hurts. <3

  • Alfredo Pherez

    I really love her but I hate her so much right now. She has so much material to publish! Potions, spells, transfiguration, divination, hogwarts a history, history of magic, defense agains the dark arts, biographies of secondary characters, arithmancy, astronomy, herbology, charms, Apparition, muggle studies, Ancient runes, Alchemy, magic arts, Gringgots or the ministry of magic, hogsmeade, floo powder, LockhArt’s collection, magical nursery, special gifts and objects, Information about other wizarding schools…. I’m not asking for all of those, but she promised the encyclopedia years ago and now she won’t do it… Of course, pottermore is some sort of encyclopedia but it is not the same to have it on a book form… First generation fans will agree…. And she is also releasing a charms book but for play station!! Like.. Seriously? And I now it is impossible but I hope she could see this and see how dissapointed we are… Thanks, jo for everything but do not promise stuff you won’t publish.

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