It ain’t easy being a Muggle, but even though you can’t perform a lick of magic, that doesn’t mean you can’t learn a whole heck of a lot about it. You’ll certainly have the opportunity to when BBC launches its new BTS documentary, Harry Potter: A History of Magic, dissecting the origins of the magical world of Harry Potter.
The doc drops Oct. 20, in conjunction with a British Library exhibition of the same name, which features “rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects” that capture “the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories,” per the BBC.
There are also two accompanying new books coming from Scholastic: Harry Potter: A Journey Through the History of Magic, and Harry Potter: A History of Magic - The Book of the Exhibition. All of this fanfare is presented in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling’s debut novel, published by Bloomsbury in 1997. Have you read it?
I kid, of course you have, so you know all the wonders that come from Rowling’s magical mind, and can appreciate how beneficial she’ll be to the presentation of the doc, which features an in-depth interview with the author. According to the press release:
“Harry Potter: A History of Magic is to be shown on BBC Two and will follow the exhibition in the run up to its opening at the British Library, as the ancient texts, artefacts and artwork are put on display. Harry Potter: A History Of Magic includes an interview with J.K. Rowling talking about some of the personal items she has donated to the exhibition whilst readings from famous fans playfully recreate some of the best loved spells, potions and magical moments from the series, exploring the origins of the world of Hogwarts, from basilisks through to broomsticks.”
What do you think? Will you be heading to the British Library to check out the exhibition? Or just checking out BBC Two on Oct. 20?