With the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter upon us, it’s no wonder we’ve been getting a ton of new announcements regarding the popular YA series. From Pottermore’s new book club to new published “house” editions of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in honor of the celebration, it has been an exciting year for fans of the series.
In addition to the illustrated edition of Prisoner of Azkaban (due October 3), fans can now expect two new Harry Potter books to hit shelves later this year. And if you’re like me and have secretly been waiting for a spinoff series with Harry’s son to appear—despite the fact that J.K. Rowling has already made it known that it probably won’t be happening (besides Cursed Child, which I still haven’t read)—you may be a little disappointed with this announcement.
However, if you are a fan of backstory, especially where magic, history, and Hogwarts classes are concerned, you will definitely want to pick up these two new companion reads. Both which are said to provide even more detail than the Pottermore Presents e-book series.
According to Business Insider and Bloomsbury, two new Harry Potter books will be published this October to accompany the British Library’s Exhibition, which will run from October 20, 2017, to February 28, 2018. The exhibition, which will celebrate the anniversary of Sorcerer’s Stone, is determined to take fans on a magical journey ride:
Explore a history of magic and myth in the British Library’s new exhibition. Ever wanted to delve into Divination, ponder the peculiarities of Potions and even unearth how to care for magical creatures? Now you can. Step into the Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition and discover bewitching items and artefacts in an experience inspired by subjects taught at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
The British Library will unveil rare books, manuscripts and magical objects, capturing the traditions of magic, folklore and mythology often found in literature. You’ll learn about the myths and folklore that underpin the themes and imagery brought to life in the Harry Potter stories and which provide a backdrop to Harry, Ron and Hermione’s world of wizardry and witchcraft. British Library archive material will sit alongside drafts and drawings from Bloomsbury Publishing and J.K. Rowling’s personal archives.
The two books, titled Harry Potter: A History of Magic, The Book of the Exhibition, and Harry Potter, A Journey Through a History of Magic will serve as companions to the exhibition (which is perfect for fans who don’t live in the U.K.) and will surely give some much-desired backstory revolving around the magical world.
As the Pottermore Presents e-book series did not answer all of my questions about the wizarding world, and I’ve been eager to learn more since I read them all. Needless to say, I am really looking forward to October, which is looking like it will be a great month for collector’s edition releases.