Can’t make it to London for the British Library’s Harry Potter exhibition? Two forthcoming books will help you explore the history of magic, no plane ticket required.
Hermione Granger would be thrilled, as will any Potterhead eager to learn as much as possible about the wizarding world. On October 20, in conjunction with the opening of the British Library’s exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic, two new books will be released as companions to the exhibition.
The first book, entitled Harry Potter: A History of Magic, is meant for adults and promises an intensive look at the historical and mythical traditions shaping magic in Harry’s world. As the British Library writes, “Readers will be able to pore over ancient spell books, amazing illuminated scrolls that reveal the secret of the elixir of life, vials of dragon’s blood, mandrake roots, painted centaurs and a genuine witch’s broomstick, in a book that shows J.K. Rowling’s magical inventions alongside their cultural and historical forebears.”
The second book, Harry Potter: A Journey through a History of Magic, will lead children on an “irresistible romp through the history of magic, from alchemy to unicorns, ancient witchcraft to Harry’s Hogwarts.” With its quirky illustrations and engaging text, it’s sure to be a hit with young fans. And what better way to foster love of the iconic series in the next generation?
These two new books, along with the British Library exhibit, will be a fitting tribute to the Boy Who Lived and the 20th anniversary of his emergence on the literary scene. Even after a full two decades, the series features such a rich mythology and well-developed magical world that fans still have plenty to learn and discuss. These books will help illuminate the history behind all the magic: What kinds of spells did our ancient and medieval ancestors create? Are mandrakes real? Which real-life castles are most similar to Hogwarts? And finally, when can we get a copy of Hogwarts, a History?!
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