As part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the British publication of the book Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the publisher Bloomsburry announced a new book with unpublished archives from the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling, containing manuscripts and unpublished drafts by the author and also, drawings of Jim Kay, the artist responsible for the illustrations in the Potter books. You can meet him in the video below.
The manuscripts will be released in two versions: in hardcover, under the title Harry Potter - A History of Magic and containing about 250 pages and in brochure, with the title Harry Potter - A Journey Through A History of Magic and with approximately 144 pages. Both books will contain inspiring artifacts from the British Library and dissertations by subject matter experts and personalities, such as Steve Kloves, screenwriter of 7 of the 8 Potter films and producer of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The new books will be launched in October and can already be purchased in pre-order through the Bloomsbeury website and the prices have already been defined: £ 12.99 (booklet) and £ 30 (hard cover) - about R$ 55 and R$ 130, respectively. There is still no information on the publication of books in Portuguese here in Brazil.
Below, the complete (and translated) synopses of the two books:
Harry Potter - A History of Magic is the official book for the exhibition, a unique collaboration between Bloomsbury, JK Rowling and the brilliant curators of the British Library. It promises to take readers on a fascinating journey through the materials studied at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry - from Alchemy and Potions classes to Herbology and Care of Magical Creatures.
Each chapter shows a treasure trove of artifacts from the British Library and other collections around the world, alongside exclusive manuscripts, drafts and illustrations from the Harry Potter archives. There is also an exclusive dissertation for each subject, written by an expert, writer or cultural commentator, inspired by the content of the exhibition - captivating, relevant and unexpected contributions by Steve Kloves, Steve Backshall, O Reverend Richard Coles, Owen davies, Julia Eccleshare, Roger Highfield, Lucy Mangan, Anna Pavord and Tim Peake, which offer your personal perspective for each magical theme.
Readers will also be able to pore over ancient spell books and incredible lighted scrolls, which reveal the secret of the Elixir of Life, vials of dragon blood, mandrake roots, painted centaurs and a real witch's broom, in a book that it shows JK Rowling's magical inventions alongside her cultural and historical inspirations.
This is the ideal gift for fans of Harry Potter, curious minds, great imaginations, book lovers and readers around the world who could not see the exhibition in person.
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An irresistible journey through the history of magic: from alchemy to unicorns, ancient witchcraft to Harry's Hogwarts - along with unpublished sketches and manuscripts by JK Rowling, magical illustrations by Jim Kay and strange, wonderful and inspired artifacts that were magically released from the British Library archives.
This magical book takes readers on a journey through the Hogwarts curriculum, including Herbology, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Astronomy, Divination and more. Discover the truth behind the Philosopher's Stone, create your own potion and discover the secret of invisible ink. Learn all about the history of mandrake and dragon roots, find out what witches really used their brooms for, look at incredible images of real mermaids and read about real potions, astronomers and alchemists.
The perfect gift for aspiring witchcraft and any Harry Potter fan. Celebrating twenty years of Harry Potter magic and produced in association with the British Library to support its exhibition, Harry Potter: A History of Magic.