Harry Potter E-Books Offer Hogwarts Lessons for All

They will be perfect for the train or “whatever Muggle transport you prefer,” J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore website predicts, announcing the coming publication of four new Harry Potter e-books.

The books, described as “bitesize reads,” will each be based on subjects studied at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, attended by Harry and his friends (and enemies). The series, titled “Harry Potter: A Journey Through …” and illustrated by the London-based artist Rohan Daniel Eason, is, according to the website, inspired by and adapted from “Harry Potter — A History of Magic,” the companion book to the 2017 British Museum exhibition of the same name. Like that book, the e-books will feature manuscript pages, notes and sketches alongside the text.

[More about the Harry Potter exhibition, as it appeared in New York.]

The “Journey Through” books follow a number of short e-books already published under the title “Pottermore Presents” which collate and add to Ms. Rowling’s writings and stories from the website, devoured by the huge fan base that has made the Harry Potter series one of the most lucrative publishing franchise in history, spawning two film series, a theme park, an app and a stage production now in three countries.

The first two books in the new series, to be published in English, French, Italian and German on June 27, and selling for $2.58 each, are “Harry Potter: A Journey Through Charms and Defence Against the Dark Arts,” and “Harry Potter: A Journey Through Potions and Herbology.” The next pair, “A Journey Through Divination and Astronomy” and “A Journey Through Care of Magical Creatures,” are to arrive “soon after.”

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