As part of the run up to the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Scholastic removes it from the new Hogwarts Classics set.
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A brand new edition of the Hogwarts Library set is coming soon! Set to be released June 28th, one month before the publication of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the new edition of the set, which has been rebranded Hogwarts Classics, is now up for pre-order on Amazon. For those unfamiliar with this box set, it was the companion set of spin off books that Rowling published as charity novelty items during the run of the Harry Potter series, featuring three of the textbooks and other volumes that Harry, Hermione and Ron read during their time at Hogwarts.
Prior to this edition of the set, the foundation book of the set was Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first year textbook that Harry purchases in Diagon Alley, and is written by Newt Scamander. Rowling wrote it up for the charity Comic Relief in 2001, along with another book from Harry’s school days, Kennilworthy Whisp’s seminal classic, Quidditch Through The Ages, which has also traditionally been part of the Hogwarts Library set.
Rounding out the collection is Tales of Beedle The Bard, which Dumbledore bequeathed to Hermione when he passed at the end of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Rowling originally created only handwritten copies in 2007, again for a charity organization, this time The Children’s Voice. The general public version has been out since 2008.
But with the selection of Fantastic Beasts to become the foundation for a trilogy of films, and Scholastic’s new deal with Warner Brothers to publish it as part of the spin off works from the upcoming first movie, the new edition of Hogwarts Classics finds itself down a book. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is no longer included. Instead the Hogwarts Classics set is now just two slim volumes: Quidditch Through the Ages and Tales of Beedle The Bard.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be published separately going forward, but not until well after the movie arrives in theaters this November. The new edition of that, including brand new cover art and a new forward by Rowling, will be available February 9th, 2017.