The 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book was celebrated earlier this summer on June 26, the official date that Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was first released in 1997.
There were new emojis for social media, additional content on the Harry Potter site Pottermore, and fans around the world sharing their love of the boy who lived. Of course, author JK Rowling also got in on celebration, tweeting out her love for all of those who have supported her magical world for two decades.
Thankfully, the celebrations have not ended. Bloomsbury Publishing, the publishing house that first released Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone 20 years ago, has just announced that they are releasing two new Harry Potter books in October. Well done, Potterheads. You successfully accio’d more Potter goodies!
The two new books will act as companions to the Harry Potter series and will expand on the magical world, going more in depth on various characters and spells that appear in the series.
Harry Potter: A History of Magic, The Book of the Exhibition will explore the various classes and subjects studied at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This book will include lessons on “Alchemy and Potions classes through to Herbology and Care of Magical Creatures,” as well as essays from prominent English celebrities and academics.
Harry Potter, A Journey Through a History of Magic will take an in-depth look at the history of the magical world of Harry Potter and reveal information about famous spells, wizards, witches, and the various magical creatures that inhabit the place beyond platform 9 and ¾. The book will feature “Hogwarts curriculum, including Herbology, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Astronomy, Divination and more.”
The new books will accompany a Harry Potter exhibit at the British Library. Titled “A History of Magic,” the exhibit will open in October and run until February 2018. Anyone up for a trip?