JK Rowling announces release of four new 'Harry Potter' stories in June based on specific Hogwarts lessons
The new stories are set to explore the wizarding world of 'the boy who lived', over 20 years after the first novel was published
JK Rowling's latest announcement has sent 'Harry Potter' fans int a full-blown frenzy. The children's book author has revealed that she is going to release four new Harry Potter stories in June. The new stories are set to explore the wizarding world of "the boy who lived", over 20 years after the first novel was published.
According to reports, the series of short e-books will deal with the "traditional folklore and magic at the heart of the series", and are slated for release by Pottermore Publishing. They’re designed to focus on specific Hogwarts lessons, including Divination, Herbology, and Defence Against the Dark Arts.
The first two books, 'A Journey Through Charms and Defence Against the Dark Arts' and 'A Journey Through Potions and Herbology, will be released on June 27. 'A Journey Through Divination and Astronomy' and 'A Journey Through Care of Magical Creatures' are expected to follow soon after.
The Pottermore website promises the 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." It further states: "Prepare to delve deeper into the rich history of magic (be it our own Muggle history, or the magical world created by J.K. Rowling)."
The statement added: "In addition to exploring the origins of magic through history and folklore, the eBook shorts will also feature notes, manuscript pages and charming sketches as previously seen in 'Harry Potter: A History of Magic'."
The eBook shorts are inspired by the 2017 British Library exhibition 'Harry Potter: A History of Magic' and its companion book. All four have been illustrated by London-based artist Rohan Daniel Eason. They will be launched in English, French, Italian, and German initially, and are available to pre-order at Amazon UK and Amazon US, Apple and Kobo.
Since the final book was published in 2007, there has been no shortage of Potter material for fans to get stuck into. The seven books spawned a worldwide 'Harry Potter' franchise — with eight blockbuster films as well as a themed area at Universal Studios and a studio tour in London. Daniel Radcliffe starred as Harry Potter in the film series, with Emma Watson as Hermione Granger and Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley. In 2016, a two-part stage play titled 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' debuted in the West End, while its spin-off franchise 'Fantastic Beasts' began that same year.
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