Available on the official Harry Potter fan site Pottermore, the four stories are adapted from the audiobook of Harry Potter – A History of Magic, released back in 2017.
The “bitesize” reads cover all sorts of Hogwarts subjects, such as Charms, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Potions, Herbology, Divination, Astronomy and Care of Magical Creatures and are set to “take you back in time once again to learn about the traditional folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories.”
Two of the slated stories are live on Pottermore today, with the first’s – Charms & Defence Against the Dark Arts – description reading:
“How to become invisible, to make someone fall in love with you, to transform into another creature: these are all things that people have believed in, yearned for, or feared, throughout history. Spells and charms have captured the imagination for hundreds of years.
Warding off evil is also something that has concerned people throughout history. From werewolves to all manner of snakes in the wizarding world, you’d learn how to face a number of strange and frightening forces in Defence Against the Dark Arts classes.
This eBook short examines the colourful characters and curious incidents of the real history of magic, and how they relate to the Hogwarts lesson subjects of Charms and Defence Against the Dark Arts.“
Next is Potions & Herbology, described as:
“Potions have been made for thousands of years – associated with bubbling pots and mysterious ingredients, they have been brewed to make medicines, drugs and poisons. Harry Potter became much better at Potions with a little help from the Half-Blood Prince.
Plants have also been important components of medicines as much as myth-making and magic. A source of danger as well as a means of overcoming obstacles, Herbology was a subject which had a major bearing on Harry’s key decisions and mistakes in the wizarding world,
This eBook short examines the colourful characters and curious incidents of the real history of magic, and how they relate to the Hogwarts lesson subjects of Potions and Herbology.“
The stories will also be accompanied by sketches, manuscripts, notes and more, with Pottermore saying:
“Prepare to delve deeper into the rich history of magic (be it our own Muggle history, or the magical world created by J.K. Rowling) with this new series of eBook shorts, inspired by the British Library exhibition and its companion books, Harry Potter: A History of Magic.“
Harry Potter, eh? Still going strong.
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