The seven volumes that constitute the tale of Harry Potter, a student wizard at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry created by British author J.K. Rowling, will become available in capsule form starting early next year.
This groundbreaking offering of a popular series of books as an over-the-counter drug is unprecedented in literary history, says Rowling’s spokesman, Kemper Hollingshtup.
“There never has been anything quite like Harry ever before,” said Hollingshtup yesterday, “and J.K. Rowling is unlike any previous author. She knows how beloved these characters are to readers the world over and is excited to offer the adventures of Harry, Ron and Hermione in easy-to-swallow capsule form.”
According Redwell Pharmaceuticals, who are manufacturing the capsules in partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing (Rowling’s UK publisher), each novel will be available in a series of capsules sold in a bottle. Each capsule has a number printed on it which corresponds to a chapter of the book so that Potter fans can consume the story in proper order.
Redwell President Carol Strosek says that the experience of consuming a book in capsule form is “like listening to a dramatic reading while in a relaxed state of literary bliss.”
The British debut of the capsules is set for release in pharmacies (or “chemists,” if you will) sometime in January or February.
There is no word on when they will debut in American drug stores, since the capsules first must be approved by the Food and Drug administration, who have been concerned about reports that Harry Potter may be more addictive than caffeine and some barbiturates.