This story was written by Anna Kucher. 

ITHACA, N.Y. — Its been nine years since Harry Potter fan were told, “All was well.” Since then, it turns out that the hero of the wizarding world was put through some pretty not-so-well drama concerning his son Albus Severus Potter. And fans are left to wonder about a bit of wizarding history involving Newt Scamander, which will be revealed in November’s release of the movie “Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them.” Here is a roundup of 11 updates from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, in case you missed any.

  1. Both Barnes & Noble and U.K. bookseller Waterstones announced that they expect “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” to be their top seller of the year. Unsurprisingly, the script’s release boosted the sales of all other books in the Harry Potter franchise.

  2. Three more Harry Potter related books are being released, collecting information released on the official Pottermore website into about 10,000 word, small book. “Power, Politics And Pesky Poltergeists” delves into the background of noted villain Dolores Umbridge and explored the connection between Professor Horace Slughorn and a young Voldemort.  “Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies” highlight the lives of Remu Lupin and Headmistress Minerva McGonagall. ‘Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide” reveals mysteries about the beloved school.

  3. NBCUniversal acquired the rights to the entire Harry Potter film franchise, including the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series. The TV rights will become exclusive to NBC in 2018, and remain exclusive until 2025. The deal also creates potential for Harry Potter events to take place at Universal theme parks in the future.

  4. The spin-off film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will premiere November 18, 2016 worldwide.  Notable cast members include Zoe Kravitz, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell, Alison Sudol, and Eddie Redmayne. The film will mark J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut.

  5. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London released a special calendar counting down 100 days to the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in August. A day-by-day calendar, fans can enjoy tearing off a different page daily until the movie hits theaters on November 18th.

  6. Warner Bros. officially announced the release of the second film of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series for November 2018.

  7. June 26, 2017 marks 20 years since the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the U.K. To celebrate, U.K. publisher Bloomsbury will release four new house themed versions of the novel featuring the crests of Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, and Ravenclaw.

  8. On October 20, 2017 the British Library will open an exhibition in celebration of Harry Potter, the first of its kind honoring a series of books by a living author. The exhibition will provide a look into the history of magic worldwide, as well as showcasing previously unreleased material from J.K. Rowling’s archives.

  9. M&M’s will launch a new flavor, “Boo-terscotch,” that tastes like Butterbeer in its fall line. Currently sold exclusively at M&M’s World, the new flavor will be released to the general public (including excited Harry Potter fans) for a limited time this fall, just in time to enjoy while attending Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in theaters!

  10. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Japan now features “Death Eater Attack,” an experience in which Death Eaters appear unexpectedly in Hogsmeade. The new entertainment experience is sure to provide a thrill for guests!

  11. An updated map of the Harry Potter Wizarding World premiered at the Harry Potter theme park in Orlando, Florida with more wizarding schools worldwide than fans could have anticipated. In addition, written descriptions of each wizarding school were added to the Harry Potter fan site

    Featured image: Local bookstore Buffalo Street Books features a display of recently released Harry Potter book ‘The Cursed Child.’ Photo by Jolene Almendarez/The Ithaca Voice