Potter Heads and Muggles alike, are you ready for some magical news? J.K. Rowling is gifting us with more Harry Potter books, and the even better news is that it won't be long until you can get your hands on them.
According to Pottermore, the collection of non-fiction eBooks will be titled Harry Potter: A Journey Through... and are described as "bitesized reads" and will each be inspired by specific subjects studied at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and illustrated by Rohan Daniel Eason, a London-based artist. The books are adapted from the Harry Potter: A History of Magic audiobook, which was created alongside the museum exhibition (also called A History of Magic).
How many Harry Potter eBooks can we expect?
Pottermore reports that we'll be getting four total, each containing subjects taught at Hogwarts. Their titles are: Harry Potter: A Journey Through Charms and Defense Against the Dark Arts, Harry Potter: A Journey Through Potions and Herbology, Harry Potter: A Journey Through Divination and Astronomy, and Harry Potter: A Journey Through Care of Magical Creatures.
Pottermore states, "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," So, basically, these books will be as close as we can get to attending Hogwarts ourselves (a personal dream of mine since reading the series when I was little).
When and where can we purchase the new Harry Potter books?
Harry Potter: A Journey Through Charms and Defense Against Dark Arts will be available for purchase on June 27, but the release dates for the other three books have yet to be announced. You can pre-order them on Amazon UK, Amazon US, Apple, and Kobo.
These aren't the first Harry Potter-inspired books to have been released in the last few years. The HP franchise is alive and well, with the 2017 releases of Harry Potter — A History of Magic and Harry Potter — A Journey Through A History of Magic. This resulted in an audiobook that came out last year which featured interviews and was curated by Game of Thrones' actress Natalie Dormer. According to Pottermore, these eBooks were "a chance to absorb the colorful characters and curious incidents of the real history of magic in a more compact form — perfect for the train or whatever Muggle transport you prefer."
And of course we can't forget the Fantastic Beasts film franchise, with its latest installment, The Crimes of Grindelwald that came out in 2018. Before that, there was Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a play actually written by Jack Thorne, based on a story by Jack, J.K., and John Tiffany. The play itself premiered in London, 2016.
Even though we're still waiting for our acceptance letter to Hogwarts, these new eBooks will be the next best thing.