Two New ‘Harry Potter’ Books To Hit Stores This Fall

On Oct. 20, 1997, the world of Muggles was changed forever when author J.K. Rowling introduced us to the character who would become a worldwide phenomenon, spawning a seven-book series, eight movies, an amusement park and millions of dollars in merchandise.

This fall, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first novel in the “Harry Potter” series, two new books will be released, much to the delight of wizarding fans in every corner of the globe.

Before you get too excited, these books are not a continuation of the beloved “Harry Potter” series. In fact, that aren’t even authored by Rowling, although she has collaborated with the publisher on their production.

The books, “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” and “Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic,” have been released as part of an upcoming exhibition at the British Library which will include “rare books, manuscripts and magical objects from the British Library’s collection.”

(That first book, by the way, was “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.” In the U.S., it was published as “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”)

“Harry Potter: A History of Magic” is billed by publisher Bloomsbury as “a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between Bloomsbury, J.K. Rowling and the brilliant curators of the British Library,” according to the publisher’s website. The book is described on Pottermore, Rowling’s Potter-themed website, as an “adult edition,” featuring interviews with the museum exhibit’s curators and photos of images from its archives. The book promises to give an in-depth look at many of the classes taught at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, including Alchemy and Potions, Herbology, and Care of Magical Creatures.

“Harry Potter: A Journey Through The History of Magic” is for the young and young at heart — or really anyone who feels the need to possess all things HP. Bloomsbury describes this book as “an irresistible romp through the history of magic, from alchemy to unicorns, ancient witchcraft to Harry’s Hogwarts.”

It includes illustrations by Jim Kay, the original illustrator of many of the Harry Potter books as well as “weird, wonderful and inspiring artifacts that have been magically released from the archives at the British Library.”

For those of us who may not make it to the exhibit at the British Library, these two new books may be as close as we get to learning about the history of mandrake roots or discovering what witches really use their brooms for. The book are available for pre-order now with a publication date coming in October.

The Harry Potter Universe Keeps Expanding with Two New Books

Great news, Harry Potter fans: The wizarding world will expand in October with the release of two new books, Harry Potter: A History of Magic, The Book of Exhibition and Harry Potter, A Journey Through a History of Magic, according to publisher Bloomsbury’s quarterly trading update (via Business Insider).

The new books will allow fans to further immerse themselves in the history and stories behind the spells, wizards and other magical elements of the beloved previous books. They come 20 years after the release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and will accompany a Harry Potter exhibition at the British Library. They won’t be adding new characters or stories to the already-developed series, so don’t worry about your favorite trio getting into any canon-warping shenanigans.

Though the Harry Potter films have wrapped, the franchise has still been making its mark on pop culture, specifically with the English play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the Fantastic Beasts film series.

The exact dates of the new books’ releases are unknown as of this writing, but if we had to guess, we’d say they’ll probably be out just in time to get you in the Halloween spirit.

Facebook Celebrates 20 Years of ‘Harry Potter’ With a Secret Easter Egg

It’s been 20 years since the first Harry Potter book was published, and to celebrate Facebook has added a magical Hogwarts-themed “easter egg” to its status updates and comments.

If you type in any of the Hogwarts houses, the names appear in the houses’ colors — red for Gryffindor, green for Slytherin, blue for Ravenclaw and yellow for Hufflepuff. Once posted, if you click on any of the names a magic wand appears and casts a spell.

Harry Potter’s name also gets a colorful update, appearing in Gryffindor colors of course, but other key characters have been overlooked.

Now You Can Live Like Harry Potter

For $620,000 USD, you can live like Harry Potter. The home where Harry lived, known as “4 Privet Drive” is up for sale, with features such as the cupboard under the stairs included. The real address is 12 Picket Post Close, located in a quiet suburban town of Bracknell in Berkshire, roughly 25 miles west of London. If living in Harry’s house is not good enough, Berkshire is also home to Windsor Castle, Ascot Racecourse, and numerous prominent people including the parents of the Duchess of Cambridge, and UK Prime Minister Theresa May. The home includes three bedrooms with a backyard and garage. The value of the house has soared over the recent years, being last sold for $325,000 USD at the height of Harry Potter mania.

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We’re Getting Three New ‘Harry Potter’ Stories from J.K. Rowling This Autumn

In 2007, many Harry Potter fans were prepared for the final book to be “The End,” even with the series’ author, J.K. Rowling, stating the story would conclude with book seven, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Since then we have seen a number of stories on the companion website Pottermore, a real-life version of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, an upcoming Potter-world film trilogy Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and a new play titled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The latter was not written by Rowling herself, but the script turned novel was released this past July.

Announced on Wednesday, fans can now expect three new e-books about Hogwarts to be released this September 6 which will include, Politics, and Pesky Poltergeists; Of Heroism, Hardship, and Dangerous Hobbies; and Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide. However, after the Cursed Child, Rowling states the book will explore characters other than the boy wizard Harry.

“He goes on a very big journey during these two plays and then, yeah, I think we’re done. This is the next generation, you know… so, I’m thrilled to see it realized so beautifully but, no, Harry is done now.”

There’s Actually Going to Be a Harry Potter TV Channel

Finally, someone is going to go ahead and just make an entire cable channel devoted to Harry Potter, because who wouldn’t stop on that every time they were channel surfing at 1 a.m.

Sky Movies Harry Potter is launching on Oct. 24, just in time to celebrate the 15 year anniversary of the film release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (go ahead and feel old now).

From The Independent

The channel will be “featuring all eight films in the hit Hogwarts franchise, documentaries, behind-the-scenes specials, exclusive extended versions and interviews with lead stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint.”

So start making some popcorn and getting ready…oh, wait a minute, Sky Movies is only in the U.K.

Well I guess we’ll just go drown our sorrows at the Harry Potter-themed bar.

Maybe a nice butterbeer, but, you know, with more actual beer…

Oh wait, it’s in Canada.