Four new Harry Potter books are about to drop

Gwynne Watkins
·Writer, Yahoo Entertainment
Photo: Warner Bros
Photo: Warner Bros

It's time to continue your Hogwarts education. This winter, J.K. Rowling's Pottermore Publishing will release four short e-books that illuminate the history and practice of magic in the Wizarding World, from magical creatures to potions.

The e-books, which will be released between June 27 and Aug. 22, are available now for pre-order.

Potterheads will instantly recognise the four new titles as combined names of required courses taken by protagonists Harry, Hermione and Ron at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

A Journey Through Charms and Defence Against the Dark Arts, available June 27, instructs readers on the history of transformation spells, werewolves and love charms.

A Journey Through Potions and Herbology, also available June 27, looks at how ordinary plants can be transformed into medicines, poisons, drugs and magic potions.

A Journey Through Divination and Astronomy, available July 25, examines fortune-telling and stargazing in the past and present. (Those last two are already the No. 1 Amazon bestsellers in botany and astronomy, respectively. Eat your heart out, Steven Hawking.)

The 'Journey Through...' ebooks, adapted from 'Harry Potter: A History of Magic,' are available for pre-order. Photo: Pottermore Publishing
The 'Journey Through...' ebooks, adapted from 'Harry Potter: A History of Magic,' are available for pre-order. Photo: Pottermore Publishing

The fourth book, A Journey Through Care of Magical Creatures, will be available Aug. 22 and delves into giants, hypogriffs, dragons and all the wondrous species that only exist in myths (or do they?).

The Journey Through… series is adapted from last year's "audio documentary" Harry Potter: A History of Magic, which was expanded from the 2017 print book of the same name, which itself was a companion book to the British Library exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic.

The e-books include new drawings from illustrator Rohan Daniel Eason, along with "notes, manuscripts and charming sketches" from the History of Magicexhibition.

The Pottermore website describes the digital series as "a chance to absorb the colorful 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 Harry Potter franchise, launched 22 years ago with the U.K. publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, includes the original novels and subsequent in-universe books; the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films; the Broadway play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child; the Universal theme park The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and 13 Harry Potter video games, among other endeavors.

The full value of the franchise was estimated last year by EW at $25 billion.

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