The inspiration behind JK ROWLING’S tales
new ENTERTAINMENT Harry Potter: A History of Magic Saturday, BBC2 HD, 9pm (BBC2 ni, 9.15pm)
IN THE SUMMER of 1997, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone hit bookshops with an initial print run of just 500 copies. In the two decades since, JK Rowling’s novels have sold millions of copies and launched one of the most successful film franchises ever made.
Now, in this special documentary filmed to mark the first novel’s 20th anniversary, we learn that the magical world Rowling created is actually a universe based upon real history.
With special access to a new British Library exhibition, Harry Potter:
A History of Magic, and featuring interviews with JK Rowling, this documentary discovers the historical traditions at the heart of the books.
Items in the collection include a headstone of Nicolas Flamel, a 14th century alchemist who is said to have created a ‘philosopher’s stone’.
‘It was a real dream to work with JK Rowling,’ says producer Jude Ho. ‘Hearing her talk about her inspiration for parts of Harry Potter was magical.’
AUTHOR JK ROWLING
JUST WIZARD: DANIEL RADCLIFFE AS HARRY POTTER