On 18th July, 2017, the coveted publisher Bloomsbury, based in the UK, announced in a business statement that this October will mark the release of two new books about the magical world of Harry Potter to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first book in the series: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
The news of the release will make all the Hermione Grangers of the world exceedingly happy as it is said to accompany a Harry Potter exhibition at the British Library in October 2017. The first book is titled “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” which will be a coffee table book, it will feature original drafts by author J. K. Rowling and essays on the various parts of the exhibition by writers Major Tim Peake, Lucy Mangan, Steve Backshall and Anna Pavord. The second book is called “Harry Potter, A Journey Through a History of Magic” which promises to take the reader on a historical journey about the wizarding world and delves into the stories behind spells, magical creatures, wizards and witches. Both books are currently available for pre-order on the British Library Shop.
This is a thrilling new exhibition that will showcase a fascinating display of wizarding books, manuscripts and magical objects, and combine centuries-old British Library treasures with original material from Bloomsbury’s and J.K. Rowling’s own archives. The structure of the exhibition has been inspired by the subjects that the boy who lived and his friends study at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, from Potions and Herbology, to Astronomy and Care of Magical Creatures, and will explore the rich magic traditions that they draw on. More details about the same can be found on the British Library Website: https://www.bl.uk/
Whether these new special books will make it to the US is unclear at this point because Harry Potter was published by Scholastic in North America upon its release as Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone. However, digital copies might be published online on the Pottermore websites at the time of the exhibition by Bloomsbury.
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.
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