It's Unclear if J.K. Rowling Wrote Those New Harry Potter Books

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Every Harry Potter fan dreams of two things: finally getting their letter to Hogwarts, and getting more Harry Potter books. The latter is happening in October 2017, as two new books are coming out. Well, kind of.

The two books are Harry Potter - A Journey Through A History of Magic and Harry Potter - A History of Magic: The Book of the Exhibition. They tie into the British Library’s Harry Potter exhibition which is called A History of Magic. It will run from October 20, 2017 to February 2018.

According to Pottermore, the books are coming from the site and Bloomsbury respectively, in order to deliver the exhibition — which is for the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone — to fans who aren’t able to visit in person.

About the exhibition and the books, Pottermore writes:

The exhibition and its artefacts will also soon feature in two books which will accompany the exhibition: so while you’ll want to go along in person, if you can’t attend, you’ll still be able to learn everything about it.

The books will include artwork, interviews with the curators, and notes from J.K. Rowling’s archives. Amazon UK lists the author of the books as “British Library.”

This wouldn’t be the first time “Harry Potter books” have come out that are not written by J.K. Rowling. The play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was written by Jack Throne.

So to solve the mystery, J.K. Rowling is not technically the author — but the books will feature some of her original notes on the lore of the series.

The books will be released in print and e-book format on October 20, 2017.

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