Last year was a great time to be a Harry Potter fan — but if this new bit of news is any indication, 2017 is shaping up to be a great year, too.
On Tuesday, UK publisher Bloomsbury revealed via a quarterly report that two new Harry Potter books will be released later this fall to mark the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. The books' release will go hand-in-hand with a Harry Potter exhibition at the British Library, which opens Oct. 20.
Though the idea of two new books is certainly enough to make any muggle leap for joy, there is a catch: The books, Harry Potter: A History of Magic — The Book of the Exhibition and Harry Potter — A Journey Through A History of Magic WILL NOT include any new stories about the original characters. Rather they'll explore the actual subjects studied by Harry and his friends at Hogwarts, and delve into the Wizarding World's more obscure spells and magical creatures. They'll also feature J.K. Rowling's personal sketches and notes.
So basically, this all sounds like another nifty way to cash in on my love for all things Harry Potter, which is totally a bummer. What I ultimately want aren't these "filler" books, but an official Book #8, one written from the perspective of an original character — Hermione perhaps? And sorry, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child does not count as Book #8. Any one else feel me?
Welp, a Potterhead can dream. I'm guessing if I want new stories featuring the original characters, like, now, I'll have to stick to fan fiction... Like this fan... Poor thing.