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United States Harry Potter publisher Scholastic has changed its mind about offering bonus content with the upcoming Harry Potter paperbacks re-release featuring new covers by illustrator Kazu Kibuishi.

“When it comes to the Harry Potter series, we always want to deliver for the fans,” Scholastic told Hypable this morning. “Since we determined that our plan fell short of that expectation, we will not be offering bonus content.”

When the books went up for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, each of the seven books’ product descriptions said that “bonus material” would be included “in the back.” After noticing this we reached out to Scholastic to ask what the bonus content would be, and the company said editor Arthur Levine had not yet made that determination.

Fans were mixed about the news of extra material being included with the books. Some called it an attempt to get existing fans to buy the books a second time, while others welcomed the idea of new (or old?) material being included that would expand upon the world of Harry Potter.

Announced last month, the re-release of the Harry Potter paperbacks is the first time the entire series has undergone a cover revamp. The books will debut on August 27. Only the cover for Sorcerer’s Stone has been unveiled so far. We can’t wait to see the rest of ‘em (including the complete box set, which has special art of its own).

So we have to ask…

No more bonus content with the new 'Potter' paperbacks - good or bad?

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  • daff

    their not worth effing buying then! So the Milking continues..

    • Jesse

      Get a grip… Milking? Because they released new covers recently, or at all for any of the movies with ghastly movie poster cover art. Books get new covers ALL THE TIME, yes the lack of new stuff is disappointing, but like I said, books get new covers all the time, that is hardly milking the franchise.

  • Kyle

    What the fuck dude?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=752203253 Kendra Baird

    I wanted there to be extra content. I wouldn’t buy them, but I would have sneaked a peek while visiting Barnes and Noble…

  • georgina Phelps

    I’m glad, I’ve been kind of pissed off at the notion really, if fans who weren’t American wanted to see that bonus content then we’d be forced to ship them half way across the world, which I’m just not going to do. I own too many versions of the books already, I don’t need more.

  • Maricela Gonzalez

    One word: Encyclopedia

    • http://twitter.com/G30rg13_R Georgie R

      Another word: Pottermore.

      • ladybirds

        It’s not the same thing unfortunately. I was so excited for Pottermore in the beginning but now I only go there when there is a new chapter or chapters out.

        I think Pottermore is great for the new generation but for us Potterheads we need the Scottish book. :-)

        • http://twitter.com/G30rg13_R Georgie R

          I completely agree, but that’s probably a long way off knowing Jo.

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

    Who cares?!?!?! For the love of God… just give us the encyclopedia already!!!

    • Missy


  • aly2011AMA

    I think everyone is forgetting the fact that just like the information released on Pottermore, the bonus content would be available online in a matter of days, even hours. Yes, it’s terrible that some people wouldn’t be able to physically have a copy of the book without paying ridiculous shipping rates, but the information would be available to them nonetheless.

  • WalpurgisQuill

    Nah, they just don’t want to use the content right now. They’re going to save it for the Super Ultimate We Promise This Will Be The Last Edition But Not Really Edition of the new Potter book covers after they string many versions out.

  • http://hypable.com John Thrasher

    Oh what’s that? An editor and publishing company actually listening to the fandom and honoring what is best for the fans!? None of you better complain about this!

    • Charlie

      In what way are they listening to the fandom? Now they’re republishing books with a new coat of paint just because they know that there are fans that will buy a copy of each different edition. If they don’t publish “bonus material” now it isn’t because of their integrity, it’s because they can save it as something to sell later to stretch out how long they can make money off of Harry Potter. I don’t have any problem with what they are doing, they should do what makes the most sense for them as a business, but this is a business decision first and foremost and it has nothing to do with not keeping up the fans’ expectations. If that was what they wanted to do, they would post-pone the releases of these new editions all together and release them when they felt that the bonus content would meet the high fan expectations.

  • http://twitter.com/VBBieber Mallory

    Darn I was looking forward to it. Needed a good excuse to buy the first few books again….

  • http://twitter.com/MusicandHouse J

    I’m pretty sure the “extra content” wasn’t going to be anything that great anyway, so I’m glad they got rid of this gimmick. I just want an encyclopedia already

  • http://www.eigakanthemovietheater.blogspot.com Jenny Leigh

    Fans unite for an encyclopedia! Who needs “slight extra content” in a paperback we weren’t gonna get anyway!?

  • RussellTurner

    So does this mean an encyclopedia is on the horizon? :) #Please #WishfulThinking

  • Glaciusx

    GOOD. Put that shit on Pottermore or in an oh, I don’t know….ENCYCLOPEDIA?

  • Steven

    this isn’t the first time the series has undergone a cover revamp. the uk covers were revamped into what is called the signature collection.

  • ravenclaw1991

    I’m glad because I never planned on getting the series with the new covers, so the fact that there was going to be bonus material in it made me mad. Not to mention, its the US versions, why wouldn’t the UK versions have that too?

  • Dra

    I am so confused. Why would anyone not want bonus content? Surely fans would want to see new information about Harry Pottermore especially in a non-Pottermore setting so that they can pick it up and read it at any time without having to jump through a bunch of hoops.
    Also, the statement doesn’t really make sense. “When it comes to the Harry Potter series, we always want to deliver for the fans. Since we determined that our plan fell short of that expectation, we will not be offering bonus content.”
    If they want to deliver for fans why would they then remove content? Surely that is worse than falling short?

    A little help!

  • http://www.facebook.com/katgiambruno Kat Giambruno

    I was going to buy them for my daughter but now she will have to settle for the old fashioned hard cover set I grew up with. Buying a new set of the books just for the cover art alone seems silly to me.

  • ane_drew

    I wonder what they’ll say to those who pre-ordered because of the bonus material.

  • PotterFan1029

    How did they determine that us fans would not want this bonus content?

  • Jake

    The reason I don’t necesarily want the bonus contents is because I’m still holding onto the fact of some encylopedia or more…fulfulling extras on Pottermore. They have more things they can do with this bonus content. However, had they been in the books, there would have been no complaining; I’m buying them anyway, just to have them. :)

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