Potterheads unite! Fans of J.K. Rowling's epic adventures of young wizard Harry Potter and his wizarding friends are finally getting new books — kind of. Pottermore Publishing has announced they will be releasing not one, but four new non-fiction books that ever Potterhead will want to read.
The four short books will be available only in electronic format and promise to delve "deeper into the rich history of magic," that Rowling created with her beloved Harry Potter series. Although Rowling herself is not involved in this current series, Pottermore Publishing states the new books have been inspired by the British Library exhibition and its companion books, Harry Potter: A History of Magic. The books will focus on the different lessons that Harry Potter and his friends took while attending Hogwarts.
The titles of the four non-fiction books are Harry Potter: A Journey Through Charms and Defence 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.
Ever wondered where magic really came from? Introducing the Harry Potter: A Journey Through... non-fiction eBook shorts, adapted from the audiobook Harry Potter: A History of Magic and inspired by the @britishlibrary exhibition of the same name. https://t.co/bsp3X6QTMy pic.twitter.com/FDXIxUKlih— Pottermore (@pottermore) May 24, 2019
"It seems part of human nature to want to believe in the unbelievable: from the bestiaries and cabinets of curiosities of the medieval period onwards,” a press statement about the new releases read. "We think that truth and myth are easily distinguished today, but magical creatures and the stories around them continue to fascinate us—and they are as central to the Harry Potter stories as Harry, Hermione and Ron."
The website promises these new books will "take you back in time once again to learn about the traditional folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories," while giving readers "a chance to absorb the colourful 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."
The new ebooks also promise to feature notes, manuscript pages and sketches from Harry Potter: A History of Magic. The first two books on Charms and Defence Against the Dark Arts, and Potions and Herbology will be published this summer on June 27, with the other two following shortly thereafter.
The books will be available in multiple languages including English, French, Italian, and German initially, and fans can pre-order already on Amazon, Apple, and Kobo. While some fans are disappointed not to be receiving new Harry Potter stories straight from Rowling herself, others are happy to take whatever they can get to indulge their wizarding world love!