- Two new Harry Potter books are set to mark the 20th anniversary of the series
- Will coincide with British Library’s Harry Potter exhibition ‘A History of Magic’
- Books on Hogwarts subjects Herbology, Astronomy, Care of Magical Creatures
Harry Potter is set to come back to life with the arrival of two new books set to be released this year.
Fans have been given a shot in the arm by the announcement, which comes six years after the final film and ten years after the publication of the final installment in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
The books will be released in October as part of The British Library’s Harry Potter exhibition, ‘A History of Magic,’ which celebrates the 20th anniversary of the launch of the series – but neither will be written by J.K Rowling.
The new books come ten years after the publication of the final installment in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and 20 years after Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone
The books will be released as part of The British Library’s Harry Potter exhibition, ‘A History of Magic’ but neither will be written by J.K Rowling
The first book, Harry Potter: A History of Magic – The Book of the Exhibition, will take readers through the curriculum studied at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry including Potions, Herbology, Astronomy and Care of Magical Creatures.
The second, Harry Potter – A Journey Through A History of Magic, will touch on mystical subjects including alchemy, unicorns and ancient witchcraft.
The books also include unseen sketches and manuscript pages from J.K. Rowling, magical illustrations from Jim Kay and artifacts from the archives at the library.
But they will not feature lead characters Harry, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley.
After Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was published in 2007, J. K. Rowling ruled out an eight book.
But the author later said: ‘I think I am done but you never know,’ adding: ‘I love writing them.’
Fans hoping for more from the wizarding world have already been given a boost by two Potter spin-offs including the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them starring Eddie Redmayne
The series sold some 450 million copies in 29 languages and led to a movie franchise worth more than £5 billion
Fans may however by disappointed to learn the books won’t feature lead characters Harry, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley
Fans hoping for more from the wizarding world have already been given a boost by two Potter spin-offs – the film prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them starring Eddie Redmayne, and the West End production The Cursed Child.
The Cursed Child is set 19 years after the events of the seventh and final book in Rowling’s series.
June 26 marked 20 years since the release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
The show has taken London’s West End by storm since its debut in July 2016 with tickets sold out until February 2018.
June 26 marked 20 years since the release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first of seven Potter books.
The series sold some 450 million copies in 29 languages and led to a movie franchise worth more than £5 billion.
Both books will be published by Bloomsbury on October 20, when the exhibition opens.
Harry Potter: A History of Magic will be open from 20 October 2017 – 28 February 2018 at the British Library.
With medieval descriptions of dragons and griffins, and the origins of the philosopher’s stone, the British Library exhibition will take readers on a journey to the heart of the Harry Potter stories.
In the Care of Magical Creatures section at the exhibition, fans can take a look at medieval manuscripts and early printed books featuring magical creatures which inspired characters including Fawkes the Phoenix and Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback.
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