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Aparecium: A muggle's reading guide to the Wizarding World

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2018 sees the Wizarding World of Harry Potter celebrating its 20th anniversary and the release of a new film, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald."{ }(Photo: Scholastic, Out of Print Clothing, Insight Editions, Candlewick, British Library, WaterTower Music)

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) Twenty years ago J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" was introduced to American audiences. Over the next two decades, Rowling's stories about the "Boy Who Lived" have continued to capture the attention and fuel the imaginations of children and adults around the world.

2018 sees the release of "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald," the second film in the prequel series that expands upon the world established in Rowling's novels. Here are few ideas of how to continue exploring the magic of the Wizarding World after the credits roll.

"Lights, Camera, Magic! The Making of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" offers readers a peak at how the film was built from the script on up with extensive photos, illustrations and interviews with members of the cast and crew.

"The Art of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" features concept art, matte paintings, abandoned illustrations and commentary from the film's art designers.

Designed by MinaLima, the company behind all the graphic design in the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films, "The Archive of Magic" is a visually lush exploration of the characters, monsters, costumes, set decorations and more.

"Movie-making News: The Stories Behind the Magic"is a collection of stories from the making of both Fantastic Beasts films presented in the style of the newspapers in the movies. It's the closest most muggles will ever get to reading "The Daily Prophet."

Those looking for something a little more interactive should consider "The Crimes of Grindelwald the Magical Adventure Colouring Book" featuring images and quote from the film.

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In 2015 Scholastic began releasing the Harry Potter novels in new illustrated editions. The first three books have been released with artwork by Jim Kay. Supplemental books "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" and "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" are also available.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," Scholastic has released all seven Harry Potter novels with new cover illustrations by Brian Selznick and the original interior decorations by Mary GrandPré. The new editions are also available in a box set.

Unlike the original Harry Potter films, the Fantastic Beast stories were crafted as movies from their inception. Screenplays, both written by Rowling, bring the stories to reading audiences.

The various soundtracks for all nine Wizarding World films have featured classic compositions from the likes of John Williams, Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper, Alexander Desplat. James Newton Howard, who composed the score for "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," returned for "The Crimes of Grindelwald."

Those looking to go behind the scenes of the films or want to explore the magical history of the creatures and locations have a vast number of books to choose from. Recent releases include the wonderful "Harry Potter: Diagon Alley: A Movie Scrapbook"a collection that brings together the history of the famous wizard retail mecca and includes stickers, maps and other ephemera.

Those unable to visit the British Library's "Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic" can tide themselves over with the official guide or watch the BBC documentary or its companion book "Harry Potter: A History of Magic."

The exotic creatures of the Wizarding World are featured in "Harry Potter: Creatures: A Paper Scene Book," a beautiful collection of paper cutting art based on Rowling's magic beasts. The book also includes written descriptions of the major creatures and where they appear in the Harry Potter story.

I was fortunate enough to visit the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter earlier this year. It was thrilling to be able to see some of the amazing Hogwarts sets from the films like the Great Hall, Snape's classroom and Dumbldore's office. "Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Guide to Hogwarts" doesn't quite replicate that experience, but it does offer a more cost-effective tour through the legendary school and its grounds. The book folds out into a massive 3D map. You're going to need to clear off the dinning room table to fully appreciate this book.

Out of Print Clothing have specialized in bringing the artwork of classic novels to t-shirts, totes and accessories. Earlier this year they released a collection of Harry Potter designs based on the beloved cover illustrations by Mary GrandPré. All covers are available in a variety of styles for men, woman and children. Out of Print also features totes, pouches, enamel pins and socks perfect for wizard and muggle gifting alike.

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