If you have always dreamed of being a pupil at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and are still waiting for your acceptance letter to be dropped off by an owl, then you this new book is definitely one for you.

The British Library is publishing a brand new book titled 'A Journey Through a History of Magic' which is being hailed as an "an enchanting journey through the Hogwarts curriculum".


It is the answer to all your magical prayers, if you're always wanted to know how to master a Wingardium Leviosa spell, know exactly what goes into a Polyjuice potion, or know what secrets Professor McGonnagall might have taught you in Transfiguration.

Credit: Amazon/The British Library

The British Library is celebrating the series' 20th anniversary (can you believe it's been that long?!) with an exhibit surrounding the history of magic too. The exhibition will pull together J.K. Rowling's creations, along with the library's collection of artefacts from "real" witchcraft mythology and folklore.

The book, first spotted by Mashable, has been conjured up to go alongside the exhibit, and it offers an enchanting journey through the Hogwarts curriculum, from the Care of Magical Creatures and Herbology to Defence Against the Dark Arts, and Astronomy.

The artwork for the incredible book comes from Jim Kay, who illustrated editions of the novels, and there will also be unseen sketches and manuscript pages from J.K. Rowling.


You can discover the truth behind the origins of the Philosopher s Stone, monstrous dragons, and troublesome trolls.

Credit: Warner Bros

At the exhibition, there will also be the pitch letter for Harry Potter that was famously rejected by a total of twelve publishers, who are probably kicking themselves now.

Any Potter-mad fan can pick up a copy of 'A Journey Through a History of Magic' on Amazon, for under 20 quid.

Rachel Andrews

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