Brace yourselves, Potterheads: two new books are headed your way.
Before you get too excited, no, it’s not that Marauders prequel you’ve been waiting for.
But that’s okay! What we’ll be getting instead is a closer, in-depth look at the Harry Potter universe we’ve all fallen in love with, and anything that enriches the HP-reading experience is okay in my book, if you’ll pardon the pun.
Bloomsbury has announced that the two brand new books will be published in October, to accompany the upcoming Harry Potter exhibit at the British Library. The exhibit will be open from October 20,2017 to February 28, 2018 in honor of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’s publication, or Sorcerer’s Stone to us Americans.
And yes, you read that right. It’s been 20 years, folks. 20. Years.
The exhibit will include displays of original drafts and drawings by Potter author J.K. Rowling and illustrator Jim Kay, as well as “the gargantuan 16th-century Ripley Scroll that explains how to create a Philosopher’s Stone,” which could definitely be useful.
For those of us who can’t make it to the UK, two new books should serve as a fair substitute. Here’s what we know: one will be called Harry Potter: A History of Magic—The Book of the Exhibition, and if that isn’t enough to send your Hermione Granger sense tingling, I don’t know what is. This book will “take readers on a fascinating journey through the subjects studied at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.”
The second book will be called Harry Potter: A Journey Through the History of Magic and is described as “an irresistible romp through the history of magic, from alchemy to unicorns, ancient witchcraft to Harry’s Hogwarts.” An irresistible romp? Sign me up. Plus, it’ll contain unseen sketches and manuscript pages from Rowling herself. What could be more magical?
It should be noted that Rowling is not listed as the author of either of these books. Rather, “the British Library’s curatorial team” is given credit. Rowling is, however, collaborating with the curators on the exhibition, so she appears to be involved, at least indirectly.