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BBC marks 20 years of Harry Potter

BBC marks 20 years of Harry Potter

Drawing on a new exhibition being staged by the British Library from October, the BBC will be airing a one-hour documentary on Harry Potter: A History of Magic although the date has not been confirmed.

It's 20 years since J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone first cast its spell on readers across the globe, thanks to the charm, warmth and imagination of its wizarding world. But Rowling's fantastical creation wasn't entirely make-believe...

To mark the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book, the BBC is to present a new documentary uncovering the real life traditions of magic at the heart of Harry Potter.

A journey through legends, belief and folklore, this film goes behind the scenes with the British Library as they search to tell that story through objects in their collection, in an ambitious new exhibition: Harry Potter: A History Of Magic, which will run from 20 October 2017 – 28 February 2018 (tickets can be booked in advance and cost £12.80 for an adult, £6.40 for an accompanying child).

The exhibition will showcase a display of wizarding books, manuscripts and magical objects, and combine centuries-old British Library treasures with original material from Bloomsbury's and J.K. Rowling's own archives. It will be structured around the subjects that Harry and his friends study at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, from Potions and Herbology, to Astronomy and Care of Magical Creatures, and will explore the rich magic traditions that they draw on.

In the BBC documentary, J.K. Rowling will talk about some of the personal items she has lent to the exhibition and give new insight into her writing, looking at some of the objects from the exhibition that have fired her imagination.

The documentary will also feature readings from famous fans, recreating some of the best loved spells, potions and magical moments from the books - and modern magic's counterparts, from real life wandmakers to Quidditch enthusiasts.

It will explore unexpected relationships between magic, belief and science: from the Anglo-Saxon spells that cure MRSA; to the so-called witches who pioneered contemporary medicine; to the ancient stargazers who first mapped the wonders of the night sky.


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