J.K. Rowling shocked her fans this week with the announcement of four new Harry Potter books.
Pottermore Publishing will release the new Harry Potter Stories in the e-book format. The stories will also be a bit shorter than the previous Potter installments.
The books will continue to explore the “traditional folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter series.”
The new books in the series will also include line drawings from the visual artist Rohan Daniel Eason.
Pottermore will be releasing the first two e-books on June 27th. The first release is titled, “A Journey Through Charms and Defense Against the Dark Arts.”
The second release, which also comes out on the 27th, is titled “A Journey Through Potions and Herbology”
Rowling has called the two other books “A Journey Through Divination and Astronomy” and “A Journey Through Care of Magical Creatures.”
However, she has not announced a released date for the latter two books.
Ever wondered where magic really came from? Introducing the Harry Potter: A Journey Through… non-fiction eBook shorts, adapted from the audiobook Harry Potter: A History of Magic and inspired by the @britishlibrary exhibition of the same name. https://t.co/bsp3X6QTMy pic.twitter.com/FDXIxUKlih
— Pottermore (@pottermore) May 24, 2019
The books will be available on Pottermore’s website as well as on Amazon, Apple Books, and Kobo. According to Amazon, the price is a very reasonable $2.99.
Each book is themed around a specific Hogwarts lesson. These lessons include charms, herbology, divination, and astronomy. Defense against the dark arts and the care of magical creatures are other lessons featured in the book.
Best Selling Book Series In History
The books will also be available in English, French, Italian, and German. In total, books from the Potter series have been translated into eighty different languages.
As of February 2018, the books have sold more than 500 million copies worldwide. This makes Harry Potter the best selling book series in history.
The last four books consecutively set records as the fastest-selling books in history.
The final book in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was the fastest selling book in history. The book sold 11 million units in the first 24 hours that it was on the shelves.
The success of the series has made Rowling the first only billionaire author.
According to Time, the Harry Potter brand could be worth as much as $25 billion.
The strength of this brand includes films, video games, and other merchandise ventures.
Harry Potter fans will soon be able to pick up a pair of shoes to represent their favorite book franchise. However, no clear release date has been announced for the shoes.
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— 𝖍. (@hannahzeppelin) May 13, 2019
Below you can see some of the work form the illustrator, Rohan Daniel Eason.
Graphics by Rohan Daniel Eason pic.twitter.com/tsiYh0igo9
— Oksana Ivanik Art (@ivanik_oksana) December 29, 2017
Rohan Daniel Eason is an artist who creates some very dark and beautiful images. Critics have compared his work on “My First Kafka” to Edmund Gorey and Maurice Sendak.
He was a nominee for the AOI Illustration awards 2013, and runner up in the award for best book illustration, for a piece in “Tancredi,” a novel by James Palumbo.
Critics recently praised Eason for his work with bestselling author, Kate Mosse. He provided the illustration for her 2013 release, “The Mistletoe Bride.”
You can already pre-order these e-books through sites likes Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
JK Rowling developed the Pottermore website and published it in 2012 to release her independent projects. Rowling has been using the site as a launchpad for new ideas and previously unreleased content.
The website started out with activities for fans, which allowed them to build communities. However, admins eventually removed that aspect of the site during an overhaul in 2015. Now Rowling uses the site to announce and host new projects.
Origins of Harry Potter
Rowling got the idea for the book while on a crowded train from Manchester to London in 1990.
Rowling recalled the moment, saying that, “I had been writing almost continuously since the age of six but I had never been so excited about an idea before. I simply sat and thought, for four (delayed train) hours, and all the details bubbled up in my brain, and this scrawny, black-haired, bespectacled boy who did not know he was a wizard became more and more real to me.”
Rowling completed Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 1995. Then, after completing the story, Rowling sent the manuscript numerous agents until one finally accepted her.
It wasn’t easy for Rowling to sell her book to publishers. Eight publishers initially rejected the book before Bloomsbury offered Rowling a £2,500 advance for its publication.
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