Harry Potter fans will be able follow in the footsteps of their favourite characters and learn about folklore and magic in a series of new "non-fiction" e-books, due to be released from June.
Harry Potter: A Journey Through... will feature "four bitesize reads", each themed on a Hogwarts lesson, including Charms and Defence Against the Dark Arts, and Potions and Herbology.
"Prepare to delve deeper into the rich history of magic," a statement on the Pottermore website reads. The e-books are 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 first e-books, Harry Potter: A Journey Through Charms and Defence Against the Dark Arts, Harry Potter: A Journey Through Potions and Herbology, will be published June 27. The other titles explore Divination and Astronomy, and Magical Creatures, and will be published in the "coming months".
The series, by Pottermore Publishing, is inspired by the British Library exhibition and its companion books, Harry Potter: A History of Magic and Harry Potter - A Journey Through A History of Magic.
The announcement has been met with mixed reactions by fans, some of whom are disappointed the books are not a "continuation of the magical series I grew up with". Others are thrilled their favourite magical world continues.
The series will initially launch in English, French, Italian, and German, and are available to pre-order at Amazon UK and Amazon US, Apple and Kobo.
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/bsp3X6QTMypic.twitter.com/FDXIxUKlih— Pottermore (@pottermore) May 24, 2019
My roomate told me @jk_rowling was releasing four new #HarryPotter books, and I almost cried with joy. Not the case, no continuation of the magical series I grew up with.— Michael Bodley (@michael_bodley) May 30, 2019
This sounds more like “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” — which was underwhelming at best.
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