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This morning we first told you that Bloomsbury was counting on “a new Rowling three-book box set tied into the Potter series” to help profits.

Now, a small description has appeared.

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

A report on Sharecast calls the boxset a “Hogwarts Library Box Set.”

In our first post, fans speculated that this 3-book set would be Beedle the Bard, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Quidditch Through the Ages wrapped in one. While plausible, we were hesitant to believe this because Reuters’ report stated that Bloomsbury was “counting on” the boxset to boost sales. A re-release of content doesn’t seem like something that would boost sales.

Nonetheless, this “Hogwarts Library Box Set” description certainly lends to fans’ theories. What do you think it will be?

Thanks to Thomas for the Sharecast article.

  • KatnissLovegood

    Hogwarts: A History?

  • Hermione A

    This is stupid, obviously no one is releasing any new HP content anytime soon, and they are keeping us going on some wild goose chase for information. I’m done following these stories because they always turn out to be BIG disapointments. 

  • Jordan

    *Crosses fingers*

    “Hogwarts, A History.”

    A guy can dream, right?

  • Dan

    This is disappointing.

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

    Yawn … 
    more milking of the Potter cow.

    • Kate

      Oh please.

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

        Don’t blindly defend her or her publishers …

        if this is indeed repackaged already released material then shame on them. 

        • guest

          well Rowling definitely doesn’t need the money- so the blame is not on her.

          as for the publishers- well you already bought the books.

          if you really want to, what’s the phrase used in cases with that attitude? oh “stick it to the man”

          you can you know, boycott it and not buy any of the books.

          oh wait- you probably did. 

          and there’s no one telling You to buy them again.

          after all there are people who haven’t buy them yet- you know kids who are just starting to read/ get into harry potter.

          so the entire problem just seems to be your attitude. 

          • emilyful

            There’s a difference between publishers making money through selling new material and publishers just putting a fancy cover on something and re-releasing it.

            New Harry potter fans can still get hold of the old books online and in book shops - it’s not like they were locked in the ‘Harry Potter vault’ so there’s no need for a re-release.

            People have a right to post whatever views they want in these comments, whatever their “attitude”. These aren’t necessarily the same fans who slammed Pottermore either.

          • Becca

            Books get released with new covers ALL. THE. TIME. No one kicked up a stink when Bloomsbury released the seven novels with new covers last year, why are they doing so now? Oh wait, I know- because Hypable made a big deal out of it and got loads of people’s hopes up about it being something different.

    • guest

      you know i’m getting a bit sick of the back and forth attitude here on hypable regarding potter.

      either people whine, whine whine about pottermore *which is Free* because it’s computer oriented and “not real books”  and want more stuff from rowling like the encyclopedia.

      but then when there is the rumour of More stuff it’s all “they’re ruining! it’s all about keep cashing out of potter”

      you can’t have it both ways- either we dont get new stuff or we accept new stuff even if we dont like the format.  also it’s pretty stupid to whine and bitch ABOUT both ways.

      also Newsflash= every iconic thing is being cashed out and will continue to be cashed out. wether it’s being made into movie, books, games or by the tours given at locations.

      it’s not the author/book series/etc fault. No one is forcing anyone to buy anything (well except with that limited edition way too pricey hp movie package) 

      also what’s the point of bitching? Rowling is not going to stop pottermore/ the e-books. she will/will not make the encyclopedia whenever SHE wants to. 

      merchandise will always be sold or re-sold. *it didn’t stopped with star wars or the lord of the rings and that’s been going for years*

      - do people really expect potter to just die out so when we have gran kids we would be “in my day there was this harry potter thing but it doesn’t exist anymore and it’s oh so hard to find copies etc”

      so people need to stop  trying to be this sort of ‘true” fan who disses things being “popular” or “mainstream” and is all about “the old ways”

      it only makes people sound like entitled snobs. 

      • PotionWillow207

        I don’t know which Pottermore complaints you’ve been looking at, but the biggest one that I’ve seen has nothing to do with ruining the books by being computer content. It’s more like Pottermore is boring because there’s not enough new content and nothing to keep the hardcore fans (which is most of us) interested for very long. We don’t really care how we get the information, just that we get it. And right now Pottermore isn’t doing that for us.

        As for this Bloomsbury deal, I don’t personally think it’s a re-release of Fantastic Beasts, etc. As I’ve said before, if it was a re-release then why wouldn’t they just call it that? They don’t; instead the report calls it “NEW.” However, if it is just a re-release of old material then saying that Bloombury is just trying to cash in on the Potter/Rowling name isn’t really a complaint. It’s stating a fact.

  • jordan.d

    “Hogwarts: A History”  pleeeeeaaaase please please please! 

  • http://twitter.com/eiVega eiVega

    It would be cool if they were new school books from the Hogwarts universe.  I would be interested in any more info about the Wizarding world from JK Rowling.  I also doubt it is a re-release so the question is which school books would they choose to print?  I’d guess it’s possibly something seen in the first two books because Rowling has been reviewing her notes and outlines on those for Pottermore.  Hogwarts, A History would be totally awesome.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000142251658 Rhiannon Carter

    This is so disappointing… 

  • Tom

    If this comes to fruition and they aren’t for charity then I will be very disappointed, however much I’d love to read some Hogwarts Library books.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=531808242 Courtney Gibson

    Even if it’s going to be Hogwarts A History or something like that, they won’t be very long (assuming they are like the other three). Hogwarts history is something that needs a lot of detail… I hope it’s something awesome like that but I don’t want it to be that if we are only going to get 100 or less pages.

  • Theaterboy1

    “Hogwarts, A History”, a potions book, and a Defense Against the Dark Arts book is what I would hope to see!

  • http://twitter.com/ceilidh_brenzzz Ceilidh Brennan

    Too much new content info being released today to function! I dont care what it is, I just want it now!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003187900527 Alex Gill

     Aren’t Fantastic Beasts and Quidditch Through the Ages Harry’s and Ron’s books? It wouldn’t make sense that they would be from the Hogwarts library. I’m thinking… Advanced Potion-Making, Hogwarts: a History, and… The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore? Maybe an official cookbook?

    • Disqus

      One is Harry’s and one is a Hogwarts Library book.

  • WildThestral

    Oh come on there was already a boxset called Library of Hogwarts; they’re just trolling us now!! 
    http://cache1.bookdepository.co.uk/assets/images/book/large/9780/4393/9780439321624.jpg

    • Thomas

      Haven´t you heard about re-releases of box sets?..besides beedle is now included..SCORE!..Not..
      So pissed at Jo, no encyclopedia and another flop like this box set..too much to handle for a day

      • PotionWillow207

        First, no where in Bloomsberry’s announcement does it call this a re-release. And if that’s what it was then why wouldn’t they just call it that. We all already know about Fantastic Beasts, Quidditch Through the Ages and Beedle the Bard. If those were the books included in the box set then why not just say that? Why keep it secretive like they did? No; the Reuters report said Bloomsberry “said it was counting on a new Rowling three-book box set tied into the Potter series.” Note that it says NEW Rowling box set. NOT re-release.

        Second, nowhere has Jo said that there would be no encyclopedia. What she said was that AS OF RIGHT NOW it wouldn’t be released as a hard copy.

        • Jelly

          I’m not arguing one way or another, but the “new” could technically be just about the box set part and not the content. Even if it was a re-release the box set would still be new, so that doesn’t really hold.

      • Becca

        You’re pissed at Jo because YOU assumed something that wasn’t true? She’s done nothing- the Reuters article mentioned this boxet in passing whilst talking about Bloomsbury’s finances; Hypable noticed and (har, har) hyped it up. Jo had nothing to do with any of it. (As for the encyclopaedia, we’re still getting all of the information that would be in the physical book!) 

  • Emily Brett

    Well THAT was dissapointing. :/

  • Nick

    Can she, like, write the Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore?

    • GeekGirl101

       And Snape: Scoundrel or Saint, and Skeeter’s Potter biography.

  • robv

    hopefully it’s Hogwarts a history(which would possibly be part encyclopedia) Life and lies of dumbledore, and maybe advanced potions year 6?

  • http://twitter.com/emilyecstasyTM Emily Bryan

    Hm, well I have those books already. So I’m unsure if I want them or not. My personal wishlist for books include Hogwarts text books (multiple, yeah, I’m totally dreaming :P) & the autobiographies of Dumbledore, Snape & Harry. And this is aside from the encyclopedia. We can all dream.

  • WeasleyWrock

    I hope they’re all new books!  Otherwise, my happy tears will be wasted.

  • Bubbles

    I really do think it’ll wind up just being a re-release. I mean, wouldn’t all three of those books be able to be found in the Hogwarts library?
    Not that I’m not HOPING it’ll be new material…. By the way, when is this being released?

  • Leigh

    Guys, these aren’t going to be new books.  Stop getting your hopes up.

  • Zack
    • Zack

      Btw, this box set is unreleased. 

    • http://twitter.com/NatashaPeartree Natasha Pereira

      well, this looks about right….

  • Josh

    Hogwarts, a History; Monster Book of Monsters; Qudditch through the Ages?

    • Plat

      Omg yes yes!  Except the last one.  Wasn’t that already released?

  • Alcyone

    Is everyone forgetting that all profits for Beedle, Fantastic Beasts, and Quidditch go to charity? I don’t know why she would change that for future publications of these books. And I agree with Andrew, Bloomsbury mentioned the box set when discussing future profits and I don’t think re-release of old books is anything that would put a spike in their profits.

    • Isak

      Exactly my thoughts. A set wouldn’t generate profits since those would go to charity.

  • Tomas

    OMG, MAYBE IT’S ACTUALLY SCHOOLBOOKS!

  • http://twitter.com/NatashaPeartree Natasha Pereira

    if it were really all new material, it wd be a much bigger deal.

  • gleehaterexceptforDarrenCriss

    i wonder why they would keep us in suspense about what the titles of the books are if they’re just re-releases?

    • Whiggy

       For that reason – to keep us in suspense!

    • Becca

      Maybe because it was just a small part of a financial report that they didn’t expect anyone to be interested in? They’re not keeping anyone in suspense, they just didn’t go into detail because they didn’t think it important to!

  • http://about.me/dshana Shana Debusschere

    Yeah, definately beedle, beasts and quidditch.. damn

  • thinkdifferent

    If it’s not already in motion, I have always thought she should just right
    “Hogwarts: A history”. If she did it right (or even if she didn’t) it would boost sales to approximately infinite moneys.

  • Jen

    To be honest, I wouldn’t be getting your knickers in a twist about it. I mean look at Pottermore. 

    • thinkdifferent

      True. Pottermore was not the greatest financial move. Hogwarts a history, if written in the style of QTTA or FBAWTFT, (but longer) could rectify some of the dissapointment at how awful pottermore is.

      She could include a whole host of extra information about he HP universe, and describe ojects, concepts and people that didn’t fit into the novels because they weren’t ‘narrative’ enough. For example, a page on the ceiling of the great hall.

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

    Sort of what I thought… but it might make for a nice gift for my 11 yr old for Christmas.  She’s just getting in to HP and wants her own set of books instead of always borrowing mine.

  • Samuel

    I think it’s quite clearly a re-release of Beedle, Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts, though I’ll be delighted if I’m proven wrong. I think a re-release WOULD increase Bloomsbury’s sales so long as they advertise it enough and, like they already have, make it seem like a brand-new release that no Harry Potter fan should be without. 

  • Becca

    So Hypable, when this does turn out to be Quidditch Through the Ages, Fantastic Beasts and Beedle the Bard- are you going to let everyone get mad at Bloomsbury and Jo or are you going to make it clear that this was all started off with a small note in an article written by a third party and that “new boxset” in no way equates to “new material”?

    Not saying there’s anything wrong with speculation but if you’re responsible for fanning the flames you should be responsible for putting them out properly too…

    (Oh and Bloomsbury’s report also mentions a boost in profits from the new boxset that was released at Christmas, so yes repackaging does affect sales!)

    • Phoebe Glick

      True, but proceeds from those books has previously all gone to charity. It seems unlikely they would take that away in future sales.

    • Igora

       Agreed – if the boxset was the release was something new and big, I am guessing that it would not be first announced in a small article as a minor sidenote. I think this is hyping up news needlessly.

  • dlskin

    I was listening to my audiobook this morning and thought I would love to have “Hogwarts: A History”  I think this would be A LOT of info for Jo to right but that is the only library book I would like (Plus I already own the other books :) )

  • http://twitter.com/Nymph33 Heather Sibley

    I feel like that wouldn’t be much of a boxset as those books are tiny. Those three books could be combined into a single title in my opinion. Hoping, now that it’s been suggested, that one is Hogwarts a History. They did mention she was working on an encyclopedia, and JK wouldn’t have to work on anything at all if this was just a rerelease of old material.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1414170002 Matt Rebman

    I’m disappointed that Hypable and MuggleNet haven’t reported this from the beginning as almost certainly being Beedle, Fantastic Beasts, and Quidditch.  After more than a decade in this fandom, and through simple observation of publishing in general, they should know there are several reasons why this can’t be anything else.

    1.) A brand new book NEVER has its first printing as part of a boxed set.  This applies to all books, because it simply isn’t a good financial decision for the publisher.

    2.) New material from J.K. Rowling is promoted for months before release.  Just look at the recent press for The Casual Vacancy.  It was all over the news even back when we knew nothing about it and Rowling herself only called it “The New Book.”  A new Potter book would be even more insane.

    3.) Bloomsbury calling it “a new…box set” means the set is what is new.  If the books were new, they would be calling it a set of three new books.

    4.) Three new books from J.K. Rowling would mean massive sales for Bloomsbury.  It would be the highlight of their profit report, not sharing a sentence with a non-fiction WWII book.

    5.) The statement “A re-release of content doesn’t seem like something that would boost sales” is just not true.  How many re-releases of the Potter books and movies have we already seen?  Clearly, re-release is significant business.

    6.) If I recall correctly, it is only Rowling’s proceeds from the book sales that are donated to charity.  Bloomsbury keeps their cut exactly as they do from any other book.  Thus, the fact that their product gets to appear as being charitable without them actually giving any money means more profit for them, not less.

    7.) The image Zach posted below is directly from J.K. Rowling’s website.  Since it was completely rewritten recently, I think we can rule out that the image is from an abandoned project.  It clearly shows Beedle, Fantastic Beasts, and Quidditch as part of a boxed set titled “Hogwarts Library.”

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