J.K. Rowling announces the release of "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" ebook!

Earlier this morning, J.K. Rowling officially
announced the release of the newest HP e-book,
"The Tales of Beedle the Bard".

If online opinions are anything to go by,
supporters of the Harry Potter e-books have long
wondered why Beedle the Bard hadn't yet been
included in the HP e-book franchise.

Well, now it has been.

Complete with all five wizarding fables referenced in the final Harry Potter book/movies:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, (In the case of the movies, mainly DH Part 1,)
now you and everyone else can enjoy this book at home, or while you're out and about,
thanks to the Nook, Kindle, iphone, ipad, and other portable devices.

All proceeds go directly to Lumos, a charity organization set up by J.K. Rowling
dedicated to helping children trapped in institutions, and reforming or shutting down
those same institutions.

You can see her announcement video below for more details on the e-book and on Lumos.

Harry Potter: Page to Screen Collector's Edition announced!

It was just announced that the long-awaited
mysterious Harry Potter $600 book set,
aimed at a collector's market, now has a name,
Harry Potter: Page to Screen
-Collector's Edition.

Harry Potter: Page to Screen was a book
released last year, describing the process
of turning the Harry Potter books into films.

Here is the official description,
provided by amazon.com:

"Worthy of a vault at Gringotts, this amazing limited edition collection
includes eight exquisitely crafted volumes shelved with a scale prop replica
of The Monster Book of Monsters and a gilded, oversized portfolio with
five frame-able prints of concept art.

Featuring never-before-published art and text chronicling
the making of the Harry Potter films, the set is limited to just 3,000 copies worldwide.

Seven of the volumes were created expressly for this collection and delve into
different aspects of the filmmaking, showing how the team designed locations,
graphics, costumes, creatures, and special effects.

A book of the paintings of Hogwarts showcases the exquisite artistry of each.
A keepsake book filled with snapshots and personal photos looks at the
lasting relationships between cast and crew.

The eighth volume is a cloth-bound edition of the New York Times Best-seller,
Harry Potter: Page to Screen.

All of these precious objects are housed in a collectible box that looks like
it came from Diagon Alley.

Arriving at your doorstep with a numbered certificate of authenticity,
this limited edition is the ultimate collectible for any wizard or Muggle.

This collector’s edition includes:
• A deluxe cloth-covered case, styled to look like a shelf from a shop in Diagon Alley
• A cloth-bound edition of Harry Potter: Page to Screen

• Seven additional volumes detailing the Harry Potter creative team’s ten years of extensive efforts:

* The Creature Shop Compendium: Flora and Fauna from the Harry Potter Films
* Environments Envisioned: Building Fantastic Sets and Scouting Dramatic Locations
* A Guide to the Graphic Arts Department: Posters, Prints, and Publications

from the Harry Potter Films
* Movie Magic: Practical Props and Exciting Effects
* The Paintings of Hogwarts: Masterpieces from the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Sets
* Ten Years Later: Life on Set with the Harry Potter Cast and Crew
* Wizard Wear and Muggle Attire: Costuming the World of Harry Potter

• A replica of The Monster Book of Monsters film prop
• A gilded portfolio of five frame-able prints of original Harry Potter concept art

All sound like a fan's dream, but wait to you read the fine print.

The Collector's Edition is available at a sizable retail price of $1000!
If you order from amazon.com, you can save 40%, paying only $600.
Still, for the average fan, that may still leave too big a hole in your pocket.

The Collector's Edition is released in the U.S. on December 4th,
marking the 4th anniversary of The Tales of Beedle the Bard,
J.K. Rowling's spinoff HP book.