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Harry Potter e-books will include animated illustrations

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Peter Mountain

Hot off the heels of the brand new Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition, J.K. Rowling’s internationally-beloved series is coming to life in another new way: Enhanced e-books with interactive illustrations, made for Apple devices.

According to the Associated Press, the seven books, released Thursday, will feature over 200 new illustrations, and “more than half” of them are animated or interactive. For instance, if you tap the golden snitch in an illustration of a Quidditch match, it will fly away (to which we ask, what happens to the game in progress?).

Beyond illustrations, the new books will also feature commentary from J.K. Rowling, in which she “goes deeper into some of the characters and story lines with a handful of pop-up annotations,” says the AP.

The new editions are exclusive to Apple’s iBooks Store, and can only be read on an Apple device or Mac computer. Rowling’s annotations, however, are not necessarily exclusive, and will likely overlap with the extra essays and information she’s provided to fans on Pottermore.

For more information on the new e-books and their contents, head to the AP. The books are available for $10 each, or $70 for the full series, with English editions available now, and French, German, and Spanish versions to be released on Nov. 9.