Harry Potter: A History of Magic US companion book cover revealed

Scholastic cover for A History of Magic
Scholastic

Here is the new cover for Harry Potter: A History of Magic, the official companion book to the New-York Historical Society’s new exhibition, opening this October.

Professor Binns fans and history-lovers alike, we think you might quite like this.

The History of Magic exhibition, originated at the British Library last year, is coming to New York very soon – and will come along with this beautiful new companion book and eBook.

The book celebrates the exhibition’s perfect blend of Harry Potter history and real-life magic in the Muggle world, looking at artefacts from the likes of Leonardo da Vinci’s diaries, to original drawings of the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling, and everything in between.

Scholastic cover for A History of Magic
Scholastic

This US version, published by Scholastic, with an eBook version available from Pottermore, features a few more magical surprises with an American twist, such as some pieces by illustrator Brian Selznick, who worked on the new 20th anniversary Harry Potter covers and the work of Mary GrandPré, the artist who created the original American Harry Potter covers when they were first published all those years ago.

The cover is emblazoned with the now-familiar Jim Kay phoenix drawing, which you may have spotted across the British Library’s artwork last year. The US version of the book also comes with a dramatic black background with an old manuscript scrawled across. This is actually from an old 17th century text known as The Book of King Solomon called The Key of Knowledge, that apparently turns you invisible if you read it aloud.

Well, there’s only one way to find out…

Harry Potter: A History of Magic, a British Library exhibition, opens at the New-York Historical Society on 5 October and the companion book is released the day before on 4 October. You can pre-order now or get tickets to the exhibition here.