September has been and gone, and yet again, you didn’t receive your Hogwarts acceptance letter. For years, you have assumed that your letter was lost during the Battle of Hogwarts, and that soon, the error would be realized and you could dust off your trunk and head for Platform 9¾.
But, sadly, with no sign of that famous green inked envelope, it’s time to resign to the fact that you are nothing more than a muggle. Unfortunately, in this modern world, being a muggle is proving rather bleak…
Well, that was until two new Harry Potter books were announced to mark the 20th anniversary of the book that started it all, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Sorcerer’s Stone
in America). Hold on to your cloak, this is going to have you shouting “MERLINS BEARD!”…
In 1997, the world of Harry Potter was exposed to all by the release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
. It was an instant success, with over 400 million copies sold to date. The world of Harry Potter quickly expanded into more best-selling books and then a film franchise.
So, when this all came to an end in 2011 with the final film instalment, the world was left with a gaping hole that craved magic. Luckily, J.K. Rowling had a trick up her sleeve…
The world of Harry Potter may seem to have flown by, quicker than the Knight Bus when driven by Ernie, but there is plenty more in the pipeline (Basilisk pun not intended).
First of all, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
stormed the box office in 2016. The film, adapted from Rowling’s 2001 book of the same name, re-ignited the love for the wizarding world. In addition, there is the eternally sold out stage production of Harry Potter and the Curious Child
, which explores the lives of the children of the main characters in the original series.
But now, there are two more books set for release in October to further excite you…
You don’t need to be a book addict like Hermione to find this latest release terrifically exciting. But, it certainly does help!
Bloomsbury, the publishers behind the wizarding world of Harry Potter, announced that by October, two more books would join the franchise: Harry Potter: A History of Magic, The Book Of the Exhibition
and Harry Potter, A Journey Through a History of Magic.
True fans may recognize the titles from the text book A History of Magic
, written by the fictional character Bathilda Bagshot, which students are required to study at Hogwarts. However, luckily for us, they are available at the British Library and not just Flourish & Blott’s!
A History of Magic
promises to “take readers on a fascinating journey through the subjects studied at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – from Alchemy and Potions classes through to Herbology and Care of Magical Creatures.” Whilst A Journey Through a History of Magic
is described as, “an irresistible romp through the history of magic, from alchemy to unicorns, ancient witchcraft to Harry’s Hogwarts.”
This isn’t the first time Rowling has written and released books from the books. In 2001, she penned Quidditch Through The Ages,
and in 2008, she released Tales of Beedle The Bard.
The world of Harry Potter really is the gift that keeps on giving!
The two new books are part of a Harry Potter exhibit about the history of magic, which is to be held at the British Library (hopefully not in the restricted section) to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the magical world. The exhibit will provide an insight into the unique land that Rowling lovingly crafted from her own imagination, making it a must-see for true Harry Potter fans!
But, before you get too excited and carried away by the new latest additions to the magical world of Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling has some rather upsetting news for us all…