In news sure to make even the slightest of Harry Potter fans excited, two brand new books have been confirmed for October this year.
20 years after the first book was published and six years since the last film was released, Harry Potter will magically appear again via two new books.
However, the two books haven’t been written by JK Rowling and sadly none of your favourite characters will be back. Instead, the new publications are set form part of the British Library’s new exhibition this autumn on the wizard himself.
The library is marking the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by celebrating all things wizardry and realising two new books called Harry Potter: A History of Magic and Harry Potter: A Journey Through A History of Magic.
The exhibition, which opens on 20th October 2017 and will run until 28th February next year, will feature medieval descriptions of dragons and griffins, the origins of the philosopher’s stone, a range of wizarding books, manuscripts and objects, and combine centuries-old British Library treasures with original material from Bloomsbury’s and J.K. Rowling’s archives.
It’s been 20 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published
The books themselves 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 book will look at mystical subjects in the films like alchemy, unicorns and ancient witchcraft. The books will also feature unseen sketches and manuscript pages from J.K. Rowling.
Jamie Andrews, head of culture and learning at the British Library, said: ‘The British Library are thrilled to be working with J.K. Rowling and with Bloomsbury to mark the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter, and to inspire fans with the magic of our own British Library collection.’
Of course this isn’t the first time there has been a Harry Potter spin off. Last year saw the release of the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them – where Eddie Redmayne chased magical beasts, who were a threat to the wizardry world, around New York.
Tickets are now on sale for the Harry Potter exhibition at the British Library.