J K Rowling announces four new Harry Potter books that focus on the history of magic
The author’s Pottermore website will publish the stories, which are not a continuation of the previous timeline.
From European runes to Ethiopian talismans, everything Potterheads need to know about the Wizarding World will be included in these ‘bite-size’ non-fiction e-book shorts. All four titles will be based on subjects that are taught in the fictional school Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
The publishers, Pottermore, have released a statement which explains that, in addition to exploring the origins of magic through history and folklore, the eBook shorts will also feature notes, manuscript pages and charming sketches as previously seen in Harry Potter: A History of Magic (which is a popular audiobook).
The audiobook primarily reveals hidden stories about how some of its ancient objects, spells influenced the Harry Potter stories. There has even been a popular exhibition about such real objects showcased at The British Library in 2017. The upcoming releases are based on these.
The books are:-
Harry Potter: A Journey Through Charms and Defence Against the Dark Arts
Harry Potter: A Journey Through Potions and Herbology
Harry Potter: A Journey Through Divination and Astronomy
Harry Potter: A Journey Through Care of Magical Creatures
The fansite, Pottermore, further adds that only the first pair of books themed on Charms and Defence Against the Dark Arts, and Potions and Herbology, respectively, will be published on 27 June. Others will follow soon after.
Each title will have illustrations by Rohan Daniel Eason—whose drawn for everyone from Volkswagon to Pan Macmillan—and will originally be available in English, French, Italian, and German. Yet, as with all things Harry Potter, we’re certain that more translated works will follow.