A History of Magic is considered to be the most boring subject at Hogwarts, but we have a feeling it won't be so soporific when narrated by Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay).
The actress will be the voice of Harry Potter: A History of Magic, Audible announced this week. Based on the real-world exhibition of the same name, the audio production explores the influences on J.K. Rowling's Wizard World, covering subjects like Alchemy and Divination via ancient stories, manuscripts, and objects.
“I’ve always adored the Harry Potter books, but it wasn’t until I started speaking with the British Library’s curators – hearing about the various myths, legends, and cultures that have helped shape the wizarding world – that I really began to appreciate the richness and depth of J. K. Rowling’s writing,” said Dormer in an official release. “There are so many wonderful details to explore and A History of Magic unearths some remarkable gems of information that are sure to have listeners awestruck. It’s been fun to join the Wizarding World family.”
From Ethiopian charms to Chinese oracle bones to Nicolas Flamel and Smelly Nelly’s black moon crystal ball, this deep dive into the magic from humanity's history will prove to be a treat for Potterheads who want to know more about the creation of their favorite books. There will also be a bunch of exclusive interviews with Potter illustrators Jim Kay and Olivia Lomenech Gill; U.S. and U.K. series narrators Jim Dale and Stephen Fry; and curators from the British Library and New York Historical Society.
The Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibit, meant to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first book, debuted last year at the British Library and will make its first American appearance at the New York Historical Society this October.
“From the first time we spoke to the curators at the British Library and the New York Historical Society, it was clear that the magical artifacts in the exhibitions held so many hidden stories,” said Ann Scantlebury, development editor at Pottermore Publishing. “In this audiobook we have been able to delve a little bit deeper to hear about scandals and intrigues, seven reasons why a werewolf might attack, a witch flying a broomstick backwards, and a cautionary tale of an exploding cauldron. Fans of Harry Potter are in for a treat too – Jim Dale, Stephen Fry, Jim Kay, and Olivia Lomenech Gill give us great insight and some fantastic stories of how they created their own interpretations of the Wizarding World.”
Harry Potter: A History of Magic will be released Oct. 4, the day before the American exhibit opens. Those with tickets can download a free Audio track of Dormer's voice that will guide them through the event. Pre-orders are now available on Audible's website.
“We are thrilled to offer Audible listeners the opportunity to enjoy a brilliant performance of yet another essential component of the Wizarding World,” said Audible EVP and Publisher Beth Anderson. “Natalie’s narration and the wealth of informative and inspiring interviews really bring listeners deep into the rich magical heritage of the Harry Potter stories and beyond. Ever since we first made the Harry Potter series available in Audible 2015, they have been consistently among the highest rated and most listened to audiobooks in our store.”