Let the madness start leading us to Dec. 4, when people will be lined up for "The Tales of Beedle the Bard," a spin-off of sorts from the Potter tales. Here's how the publisher explains it:
"Containing clues that were to prove crucial to Harry Potter’s final mission to destroy Lord Voldemort’s Horcruxes, The Tales of Beedle the Bard is the volume of five wizarding fairy tales left to Hermione Granger by Albus Dumbledore in the seventh and final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Only one – The Tale of the Three Brothers – is recounted in the book. In The Tales of Beedle the Bard, the four remaining stories are revealed for the very first time."
Only seven copies of the book were at first made, and one sold for charity. Proceeds from the new book will go to a Rowling-backed charity as well.
"The Children’s High Level Group will publish three editions of the book, all in the English language, to be printed and distributed by Bloomsbury, Scholastic and Amazon. The Bloomsbury and Scholastic editions (£6.99 / $12.99) will feature additional commentary on each fairy tale from Professor Dumbledore and an introduction by J K Rowling. Amazon will produce up to a maximum of 100,000 Collector’s Edition copies (£50 / $100), which will aim to closely replicate the look and feel of the original ‘Beedle’. All editions will go on sale on Thursday 4 December 2008."
You can find the complete announcement here.
The next Potter movie, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," is due in late November.