Harry Potter fans are about to get some more insight into their favorite franchise. It has just been announced that J.K. Rowling is releasing a series of non-fiction eBook shorts called Harry Potter: A Journey Through... The new series is based off of the audiobook Harry Potter: A History of Magic, which is inspired by the British Library exhibition of the same name. While it's not exactly what a lot of Potter fans were hoping for or necessarily wanting, it is a chance to go further down the rabbit hole.
The four books coming from J.K. Rowling that comprise Harry Potter: A Journey Through... are titled 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. All four will be published in the next few months. No official release date has been announced at this time for the second two books. The synopsis for the four new Harry Potter books can be read below.
"The series features four bitesize reads, each themed by Hogwarts lessons, and will take you back in time once again to learn about the traditional folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories, accompanied by some new, gorgeous line drawings from London-based artist Rohan Daniel Eason."
As for the first pair of Harry Potter: A Journey Through... books, Charms and Defence Against the Dark Arts, and Potions and Herbology, respectively, will be released on June 27th, while the release of the second set will be announced at a later date. Harry Potter - A History of Magic came out in 2017 and expanded upon the audio book release. The new series takes the expansion a step further, taking fans deeper into the magical world of Harry Potter.
2018 marked the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book being published. In the 20 years since, the books have sold over 500 million copies worldwide and they have been translated in over 80 languages. In 2001, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone launched the movie franchise and the rest is history. J.K. Rowling created a magical world, which new generations are still discovering and learning to read with while still revisiting the movies at the same time.
The franchise is still going strong with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios and the Fantastic Beasts movie franchise. Hardcore Harry Potter fans will undoubtedly be interested in getting further background information on the magical world, but the new book series might not be for everybody when all is said and done. We'll just have to wait and see how they are received upon their releases this summer. To pre-order the books, you can head over to the Pottermore site.