Harry Potter Is Getting 2 New 'History of Magic' Books on October 20

Harry Potter Is Getting 2 New 'History of Magic' Books on October 20

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  • Both books will release on October 20
  • They will accompany a British Library exhibition
  • Harry Potter celebrating its 20th anniversary this year

The world of wizard genius Harry Potter is getting two new books on October 20 to mark the franchise's 20th anniversary, publisher Bloomsbury announced on Tuesday as part of its quarterly earnings call.

They are called Harry Potter: A History of Magic - The Book of The Exhibition, which will delve into the various subjects that are taught at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry; and Harry Potter - A Journey Through A History of Magic, which will provide a look into the history of magic, featuring alchemy, magical creatures, and Hogwarts itself.

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While it's exciting news for Harry Potter fans, it's worth pointing out that both new books will not feature any new work from author J.K. Rowling, who is busy crafting the five-film Fantastic Beasts franchise. Instead, the books are an off-shoot of Bloomsbury's partnership with the British Library for a new Harry Potter exhibition, that will run from October 20, 2017 to February 28, 2018 in London.

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A History of Magic will contain original drafts of Harry Potter books alongside essays about the exhibition from writers such as Steve Backshall, Lucy Mangan, Anna Pavord, and Major Tim Peake. A Journey Through A History of Magic, on the other hand, will feature a select bunch of items from the exhibit.

The former is geared towards adults, while the latter is meant for children. Both the books are already up for pre-order on Bloomsbury's website in UK and Australia - with 10 percent off on online orders - and the British Library website. A History of Magic costs GBP 27 (about Rs. 2,265) and AUD 44.99 (about Rs. 2,298), while A Journey Through A History of Magic costs GBP 11.69 (about Rs. 980) and AUD 19.79 (Rs. 1,000).

We've reached out to Bloombsury India to ask if the two new Harry Potter books will be available in the country, and will update you once we hear back.


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