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2 new ‘Harry Potter’ history books will celebrate 20 years of magic

Wands at the ready.


Nahila Bonfiglio

Internet Culture

Published Jul 18, 2017   Updated May 22, 2021, 11:31 pm CDT

If there’s one thing we know about Harry Potter fans, it’s that they just can’t get enough of the wizarding world. Fortunately, fans jonesing for a magical fix will have a little more to enjoy in October.

The 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone—released a year later in the U.S. as Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone—will be commemorated with the release of two new books to accompany a Harry Potter exhibition at the British Library.

Before you get too excited, no, these books will not follow any of the beloved characters we have come to know. They will serve more as supplemental reads, with interesting and historical information about the magical world.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic, The Book of the Exhibition will survey the subjects studied at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic will guide the reader through a historical journey of the wizarding world. It will delve into the stories behind spells, magical creatures, and those famous witches and wizards depicted on collector’s cards. The books are published by Bloomsbury, the same U.K. publisher of the original Harry Potter series.

These new releases, along with the Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio tour in northern London, and the Kickstarter-funded wizarding pub (not affiliated with the official Potter franchise) that hopes to open in London next year all add to the wealth of experiences available to fans.

Neither book is authored by J.K. Rowling, but for many they’ll be a welcome glimpse deeper into the rich world she created 20 years ago.

H/T Business Insider

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*First Published: Jul 18, 2017, 12:37 pm CDT