Last month fans of the wizarding world were left overjoyed when it revealed four new Harry Potter books were being released on fan site, Pottermore.
Today, the day has finally come, and two of the four are now live on the site.
The stories have been adapted from the audiobook of Harry Potter – A History of Magic, which was released in 2017, and will allow fans to explore the real history of magic in an easier, more colourful format.
The stories, which have been described as ‘bitesize’, are based on different Hogwarts lessons – including Charms, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Potions, Herbology, Divination, Astronomy and Care of Magical Creatures.
As per Pottermore, the stories are set to ‘take you back in time once again to learn about the traditional folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories.’
The first book available from today is Charms & Defence Against the Dark Arts – the description reads:
How to become invisible, to make someone fall in love with you, to transform into another creature: these are all things that people have believed in, yearned for, or feared, throughout history. Spells and charms have captured the imagination for hundreds of years.
Warding off evil is also something that has concerned people throughout history. From werewolves to all manner of snakes in the wizarding world, you’d learn how to face a number of strange and frightening forces in Defence Against the Dark Arts classes.
This eBook short examines the colourful characters and curious incidents of the real history of magic, and how they relate to the Hogwarts lesson subjects of Charms and Defence Against the Dark Arts.
The second book available today is Potions and Herbology – the description reads:
Potions have been made for thousands of years – associated with bubbling pots and mysterious ingredients, they have been brewed to make medicines, drugs and poisons. Harry Potter became much better at Potions with a little help from the Half-Blood Prince.
Plants have also been important components of medicines as much as myth-making and magic. A source of danger as well as a means of overcoming obstacles, Herbology was a subject which had a major bearing on Harry’s key decisions and mistakes in the wizarding world,
This eBook short examines the colourful characters and curious incidents of the real history of magic, and how they relate to the Hogwarts lesson subjects of Potions and Herbology.
The stories are also accompanied by some new line drawings from London-based artist Rohan Daniel Eason.
As well as exploring the origins of magic, the short stories will also feature notes, manuscript pages, and charming sketches which will just add to the magical experience.
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) with this new series of eBook shorts, inspired by the British Library exhibition and its companion books, Harry Potter: A History of Magic.
Accio laptop, get me to Pottermore!
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Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining the LADbible Group team in 2017.