A Guide to Recent & Upcoming ‘Harry Potter’ & ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Publications

Jul 06, 2018

Posted by: Emma Pocock

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From the upcoming Crimes of Grindelwald original screenplay to the updated and revised Page to Screen and Film Wizardry volumes, there are huge amounts of Wizarding World texts releasing this year. Alongside an interactive Honeydukes “scratch and sniff” book, pop-up 3D guides to Hogwarts and the Forbidden Forest, scratch-art books and books teaching how to cast spells, also included in this guide are a few in-depth behind-the-scenes guides to the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films (including the definitive companion to Crimes), plus illustrated editions of The Tales of Beedle the Bard (now available to pre-order through Bloomsbury!) and the boxed set of Scholastic’s 20th anniversary editions!

Take a look at our complete guide to new and upcoming releases below, with exclusive sneak peeks inside some volumes from the Warner Bros #WizardingWorld product showcase, and check out a San Diego Comic Con exclusive giveaway of a few new titles and notebooks from Insight Editions at the end of this piece…

New Releases:

Honeydukes: A Scratch & Sniff Adventure 

Publisher: Scholastic

Release Date & Order Links: June 26th (U.S) / July 5th (U.K.)



We previewed this deliciously scented book at A Celebration of Harry Potter this year (and more recently at an exclusive Warner Bros product showcase!) and it’s got to be one of the most fun ideas for a Potter-themed book! A summary is as follows:

From Fizzing Whizbees to Cockroach Clusters, Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans to Chocolate Frogs, the Harry Potter films abound with sweets to enchant and astonish! Now for the first time, fans can scratch and savour the scents of delectable confections straight from the shelves of Honeydukes! Look back on the most mouthwatering Harry Potter movie moments in this beautiful, scented hardback, perfect for fans of all ages.”

We hope you enjoy the nostalgic smells of Honeydukes as much as we did!

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 20th Anniversary House Editions

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Release Date & Order Links: Released June 28th. Available through Bloomsbury here.


These beautiful House editions mark the 20th anniversary of the U.K. release of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, with cover art by Levi Penifold. The art contains symbols representing each Hogwarts house, and an intricate representation of the door to the Chamber of Secrets – Slytherins will be awfully happy to see that there are snakes featured front and centre on every edition!

The Marauder’s Map Guide to Hogwarts

Publisher: Scholastic

Release Date & Order Links: June 26th (U.S.), July 5th (U.K.)


What secrets have you left to find out about Hogwarts? Scholastic have brought out this guide to help readers uncover the mysteries of the ancient castle, with the aid of The Marauder’s Map! A brief summary of the text – which includes an invisible ink marker and light-up wand – is as follows:

“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.” For the first time, readers can relive all the movie magic of the Harry Potter series with this beautiful guidebook to the secrets of Hogwarts, complete with four foldout pages containing portions of the map. When fans are finished poring over the text, they can open up the wand, which doubles as an invisible ink marker and light. The light reveals invisible ink secrets on the foldout Marauder’s Map pages, while the pen can help readers create their own magical map, using the blank parchment included at the back of this book. When all is said and done, this spellbinding guide is sure to have fans saying, “Mischief managed.”

Think you can design a map better than MinaLima? Be sure to show us any Hogwarts map designs you’ve created in the comments!


Harry Potter: Diagon Alley: A Movie Scrapbook

Publisher: Candlewick

Release Date & Order Links: July 3rd (in the U.S. AND in the U.K.)

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This Diagon Alley scrapbook contains bonus inserts (as pictured above), and tours many of the most well-known locations along the street, including profiles of each shop,  concept illustrations, behind-the-scenes photographs, and quotes from actors and filmmakers. Key moments from the films (e.g. Harry’s first visit to Ollivanders, Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s escape from Gringotts) will also be explored.

The scrapbook provides another way to go ‘behind the scenes’ of the making of the Harry Potter movies, with an added bonus of having a few collectible momentos inside!

Hidden Hogwarts: Scratch Magic

Publisher: Scholastic

Release Date & Order Links: April 24th 2018  (U.S.) May 3rd 2018 (U.K.)



Using the attached wooden stylus, this interactive book allows for hours of fun, revealing film-inspired art, including the Golden Snitch, somebody hiding under the Invisibility Cloak, and glowing Patronus Charms, as well as 20 bonus notebook pages at the end. It’s just like magic! Check out our preview of the art style above.


J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World: The Dark Arts: A Movie Scrapbook

Publisher: Candlewick

Release Date & Order Link: June 6th (U.K. and U.S.)


This Dark Arts publication reveals more about Voldemort, Death Eaters, Horcruxes, Obscuruses, and more from the Harry Potter films and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Containing details on Dark Wizards, and those who rose up against them throughout wizarding history (from Aurors to Dumbledore’s Army), this volume also includes collectible removable inserts.

Upcoming Releases:

Harry Potter Books 1-7 Special Edition Boxed Set (with cover art by Brian Selznick)

Publisher: Scholastic

Release Date & Order Links: August 28th (in the U.S. AND in the U.K.)


As previously reported by Leaky, Scholastic’s special Sorcerer’s Stone 20th anniversary editions, with beautifully intricate mural cover art by Brian Selznick, will release in a boxed set this August! If you’re waiting to get your hands on this edition, you’ll be pleased to know that the official release date is August 28th, just ahead of the official Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone U.S. release, 20th anniversary on September 1st 2018. Find out more over at Scholastic’s official website.


Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – The Original Screenplay

Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books

Release Date & Order Links: November 16th (worldwide – pre-order here)


We’ve previously discussed the intricate cover of this screenplay (once again designed by the incomparable MinaLima), and announced its release date to coincide with the release of the second Fantastic Beasts film, but just in case you’d forgotten to pre-order, consider this an official reminder! Waterstones are currently hosting a competition for U.K. residents to win two tickets to the London premiere of the film when they pre-order the book. To find out more about the competition, click here, and find out more about the screenplay itself in our previous coverage here.


The Tales of Beedle The Bard: Illustrated Editions

Publishers: Scholastic (U.S.), Bloomsbury (U.K.)

Release Dates and Order Links: October 2nd (U.K., pre-order via Bloomsbury and receive discounts and exclusive gifts here) / October 9th (U.S., pre-order via Scholastic here)

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Newly illustrated editions of companion book, The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling will be released this October by Bloomsbury and Scholastic, with illustrations by Lisbeth Zwerger (Scholastic) and Chris Riddell (Bloomsbury). The editions look exactly as you’d expect from a wizarding children’s book (minus the moving pictures)! The Bloomsbury edition has release pre-order details here, as well as details on the deluxe edition (also releasing October 2nd), which you can see below. Are you excited to see new interpretations of The Tale of the Three Brothers?


The Archive of Magic: The Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Publisher: Harper Design

Release Date & Order Links: November 16th (U.S. and U.K.) – pre-order a signed copy from MinaLima’s online store here.


As previously reported by Leaky, this full-color companion to Crimes of Grindelwald designed by MinaLima and containing a foreword by Jude Law (who will portray young Albus Dumbledore). We’re promised some surprises in the book (including several removable facsimile reproductions of props and special effects from the movie), as well as filmmaking secrets, behind-the-scenes photography, and stories from the cast and crew.


Harry Potter Page to Screen: Updated Edition: The Complete Filmmaking Journey

Publisher: Harper Design

Release Date & Order Links: November 13th (U.S. and U.K.)


The revised & expanded edition of Page to Screen contains details not only on all eight Harry Potter films, but also all three Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme parks, the collection of sets and props at Warner Bros Studio Tour in Leavesden (London) and the House of MinaLima, and includes interviews, quotes and stories from filmmakers and actors involved in bringing J.K. Rowling’s series to life. At 540 pages long, it is pretty much the go-to for anything related to the Harry Potter film series!

Take an exclusive look inside this newly updated volume below, from our visit to the #WizardingWorld Warner Bros product showcase:

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Harry Potter Film Wizardry: Updated Edition: From the Creative Team Behind the Celebrated Movie Series

Publisher: Harper Design

Release Date & Order Links: November 13th (U.S. and U.K.)


That’s right – another revised and updated behind-the-scenes book! Film Wizardry became a New York Times Bestseller shortly after its initial release, and now it’s back with interviews, exclusive stories from David Heyman, director David Yates and production designer Stuart Craig, high quality photos of sets, costumes, props and special effects, and never-before-seen concept art and photos, “from Dumbledore’s embroidered robes to the sets of Diagon Alley”. Including additional material on the final two film installments, this updated edition will also feature a large blueprint of the layout of Hogwarts and a Ministry of Magic poster warning against Death Eaters.


The Art of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Publisher: HarperCollins

Release Date & Order Links: November 16th (U.S. and U.K.)


Giving an exclusive look inside the art departments behind Crimes of Grindelwald – led by Academy Award-winning production designer Stuart Craig – this publication will give insights into the filmmaking journey from an artistic perspective, including interviews, photos and more:

“Beautifully designed, and bursting with hundreds of dazzling production paintings and concept sketches, intricate card models of the sets, storyboards, and matte paintings, and sumptuously printed with ‘magical effects’ and enhanced with unique removables, this finely crafted book – officially licensed by Warner Bros. Consumer Products – presents a visual feast for readers, and a truly immersive experience for fans of Fantastic Beasts.”


Lights, Camera, Magic!: The Making of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Publisher: Harper Design

Release Date & Order Links: November 16th (in the U.S. AND in the U.K.)


Go behind-the-scenes of Crimes of Grindelwald and see a few never-before-seen shots in this exclusive volume containing sections on Costume, Set Design, Make-up, Special Effects & Props, as well as profiles of the key characters and revealing insights from Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and many others involved in the filming process. Interviews with David Heyman, David Yates, Stuart Craig, and Colleen Atwood help narrate the journey to creating Crimes of Grindelwald, along with detailed photographs. This is Warner Bros’ “definitive adult companion book to the film”!

Paperback Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, with illustrations by Jim Kay

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Release Date & Order Links: August 23rd. Pre-order through Bloomsbury here.


A smaller paperback edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, illustrated in full color by Jim Kay, will be available this August! This redesigned edition will also include a poster pull-out at the back of the book, as well as selected illustration highlights.

The Wand Chooses The Wizard 

Publisher: Scholastic

Release Date & Order Links: August 28th (worldwide – pre-order here)


Explore Ollivanders and the wand-choosing process in this new volume, delving into magical moments from the Harry Potter films. A wand is included with the book, which activates seven different spell sounds, used to train readers in proper wand technique!

Harry Potter: Creatures: A Paper Scene Book

Publisher: Insight Kids

Release Date & Order Links: October 2nd (U.S.)

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This volume contains four 3D multilayer dioramas capturing moments with creatures from the Harry Potter films, from the Dragon Challenge in Goblet of Fire to Thestrals in the Forbidden Forest. Information about the creatures is also included, as well as behind-the-scenes exclusives from the films.

Take a look at our exclusive look inside the volume from the #WizardingWorld Warner Bros product showcase below:



Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Movie-Making News: The Stories Behind the Magic

Publisher: Harper Design

Release Date & Order Links: October 2nd (U.S. and U.K.)


This volume reveals untold stories from the making of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and offers a sneak peak at Crimes of Grindelwald, including interviews with actors and filmmakers, details on costumes, effects and more. Mimicking the newspapers in the films designed by MinaLima, this text will also include a color ‘Late Edition’ that offers “early photos and insight into what the future holds for Newt, Jacob, Tina & Queenie in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.”


Hidden Creatures: Scratch Magic (J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World) (Harry Potter)

Publisher: Scholastic

Release Date & Order Links: August 28th (U.S.) and September 6th (U.K.)


Releasing just months before the next Fantastic Beasts film, this scratch art magical activity book goes through magical creature habitats, creatures lurking in the hidden areas of Hogwarts, and takes a look inside Newt Scamander’s suitcase with plenty of drawing and coloring activities.

The Art of Harry Potter: Mini Book of Graphic Design

Publisher: Insight Editions

Release Date & Order Links: October 23rd (U.S. and U.K.)



This miniature art book allows readers to gain insights into the art in the Harry Potter films on-the-go. From the Daily Prophet front pages to The Monster Book of Monsters and Fred and George’s items at Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes (all designed by MinaLima), this palm-sized book gives an insight into the iconic graphic art of the film series.

Harry Potter: Hogwarts: A Movie Scrapbook

Publisher: Random House

Release Date & Order Links: October 2nd (U.S. and U.K.)


Offering a “one-of-a-kind look at the classes, professors, and student life at Hogwarts as seen in the Harry Potter films”, this guide will give detailed profiles on each class, professors, classrooms and lessons at Hogwarts, along with concept art, behind-the-scenes photos and reflections from actors and filmmakers involved in making the movies. This collectible scrapbook will also come with surprise removable inserts based on the subjects at Hogwarts.

Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Guide to Hogwarts

Publisher: Insight Editions

Release Date & Order Links: October 23rd (U.S.) and November 1st (U.K.)81u+g+xx4qL-2

New York Times best-selling pop-up engineer Matthew Reinhart has created this updated and ingenious 3-D celebration of Hogwarts, which acts as an interactive guide to the school. Featuring several mini-pop ups (such as the Marauder’s Map and Mr Weasley’s flying Ford Anglia), the book will contain pop-up recreations of locations inside and outside of Hogwarts, as well as details on each location and Hogwarts as seen in the film series. Best of all, the guide “opens flat to form a pop-up map of the castle and its grounds—including the Quidditch pitch, the Forbidden Forest, and beyond”!

Check out our exclusive look inside the book from the Warner Bros #WizardingWorld product showcase below:



Harry Potter: Imagining Hogwarts: A Beginner’s Guide to Moviemaking

Publisher: Insight Editions

Release Date & Order Links: October 16th (U.S. and U.K.)


Helping kids understand the complete movie-making process by using the Harry Potter films as examples, this volume asks children to imagine themselves as the filmmakers and complete a number of activities, culminating in them shooting their own Harry Potter mini-movie.

J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World: Imagining Hogwarts: A Beginner’s Guide to Movie Making includes exclusives to help inspire creativity and interest in the movie industry, and encourages children to put their interests into action with the help of Hogwarts – what better place to learn? 


Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts: A Spellbinding Guide to the Films of the Wizarding World (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald)

Publisher: Scholastic

Release Date & Order Links: October 4th (U.K.) / October 9th (U.S.)


Get up-to-speed with the stories of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts in this guide, from creatures to magical artefacts, wizard family trees, and more – including information on Hogwarts “from the early 1900s on”. The book features content from Crimes Of Grindelwald, helping to fully link both series so you’re ready to see the second Fantastic Beasts film!

Activity Book with minifigure (LEGO Harry Potter)

Publisher: Scholastic

Release Date & Order Links: December 26th (U.S. and U.K.)


As we know, LEGO will be releasing all-new Wizarding World sets and minifigures this summer (now available to pre-order, details in our most recent coverage, here), and this activity book will bring together comics, puzzles, mazes, games, and more from LEGO’s updated Harry Potter range.


There’s no end to the new material being released about Fantastic Beasts, and it appears there are still stories to be told from behind-the-scenes on the Harry Potter films, too. From texts inspiring creativity in children to immaculately detailed film guides for adults, and new editions of J.K. Rowling’s stories for those of all ages to enjoy – it’s sure a busy year in The Wizarding World!

As promised, Insight Editions are hosting a very special giveaway at San Diego Comic Con this year for a huge bundle (worth over $250) of their Harry Potter products. The bundle includes:

“Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes Hardcover Ruled Journal, Hogwarts Hardcover Ruled Journal, Ravenclaw Hardcover Ruled Journal, Hufflepuff Hardcover Ruled Journal, Gryffindor Hardcover Ruled Journal, Slytherin Hardcover Ruled Journal, Wanted Posters Pocket Notebook Collection, Ravenclaw Foil Note Cards, Hufflepuff Foil Note Cards, Gryffindor Foil Note Cards, Slytherin Foil Note Cards, Hogwarts Foil Note Cards, Wand Collection, A Cinematic Gallery, Hogwarts Pop-Up, Creatures: A Paper-Scene Book, and Imagining Hogwarts.”


See this & more SDCC exclusive giveaways here.

Which release are you most excited for? Were there any volumes in this guide you weren’t previously aware of? Let us know in the comments!

The Leaky Cauldron is not associated with J.K. Rowling, Warner Bros., or any of the individuals or companies associated with producing and publishing Harry Potter books and films.