MAK­ING magic

The in­spi­ra­tion be­hind JK ROWL­ING’S tales

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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.’



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