Scholastic announced today that Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic will be published in October 2017! The book will be a companion title to an exhibition that is opening this fall at the British Library in London (Harry Potter: A History of Magic).
The exhibition will travel to the New-York Historical Society in October 2018. The year 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the US, and the exhibition will be a highlight of the year-long celebration of the anniversary.
The exhibition will feature rare books, manuscripts and magical objects from the British Library's collection, capturing the traditions of folklore and magic that are at the heart of Harry Potter. The exhibit will also include original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter illustrator Jim Kay. When the Harry Potter: A History of Magic comes to New York, it will also feature U.S.-specific artifacts and items from Scholastic's own collection.
The book, Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic, will showcase a selection of artifacts from the exhibit, and include facts and information behind the real history of magic around the world, as well as activities inspired by the exhibition and the subjects studied at Hogwarts.
In fall 2018, to accompany the exhibition at the New-York Historical Society, Scholastic will also publish an official comprehensive companion book. A collaboration between the publishers and the exhibition curators, this will be a lavishly produced full-color book which will make the whole exhibition experience available to everyone. An enhanced digital edition allowing the content to be navigated in multiple, digital-first ways will be launched simultaneously by Pottermore.
Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic will be available on October 20, 2017!