Harry Potter: A History of Magic by J.K. Rowling

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Harry Potter: A History of Magic Read Online Free - Harry Potter: A History of Magic is the official book of the exhibition, a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between Bloomsbury, J.K. Rowling and the brilliant curators of the British Library. It promises to take readers on a fascinating journey through the subjects studied at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – from Alchemy and Potions classes through to Herbology and Care of Magical Creatures.

Each chapter showcases a treasure trove of artefacts from the British Library and other collections around the world, beside exclusive manuscripts, sketches and illustrations from the Harry Potter archive. There's also a specially commissioned essay for each subject area by an expert, writer or cultural commentator, inspired by the contents of the exhibition – absorbing, insightful and unexpected contributions from Steve Backshall, the Reverend Richard Coles, Owen Davies, Julia Eccleshare, Roger Highfield, Steve Kloves, Lucy Mangan, Anna Pavord and Tim Peake, who offer a personal perspective on their magical theme.

Readers will be able to pore over ancient spell books, amazing illuminated scrolls that reveal the secret of the Elixir of Life, vials of dragon's blood, mandrake roots, painted centaurs and a genuine witch's broomstick, in a book that shows J.K. Rowling's magical inventions alongside their cultural and historical forebears.

This is the ultimate gift for Harry Potter fans, curious minds, big imaginations, bibliophiles and readers around the world who missed out on the chance to see the exhibition in person.

Introduction / by Julian Harrison
Lists of Artefacts
The Journey / with Julia Eccleshare
Potions and Alchemy / with Roger Highfield
Herbology / with Anna Pavord
Charms / with Lucy Mangan
Astronomy / with Tim Peake
Divination / with Owen Davies
Defence Against the Dark Arts / with the Reverend Richard Coles
Care of Magical Creatures / with Steve Backshall
Past, Present, Future / with Steve Kloves

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ISBN : 1408890763
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 256 pages


Mohammed rated it ★★★★★

January 13, 2018

Finally, my copy is on the way to Egypt.. As huge Potterhead, I always admire how close ‘The Harry Potter Series’ is to our Real World. In Egypt we've this saying; “No Smoke Without Fire”...and this magnificent work of literature has many references to exotic, magical, strange and fantastic subject...

Trish rated it ★★★★★

November 30, 2017

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of the very first Harry Potter book. Who would have thought that a fantasy story for kids would become such a world-wide phenomenon? Certainly not the numerous publishers who turned J.K. Rowling down. *lol* In honour of the event, the Britis...

Jason rated it ★★★★★

October 25, 2017

Must-read for any Harry Potter obsessed person, like myself. This book is filled with a bunch of really neat information on the history of magic/witchcraft and provides insights into where JK Rowling drew inspiration for a lot of the things we see in Harry Potter. I have been waiting for something...

Veronique rated it ★★★★★

November 08, 2017

If you are a Potter fan, then you’ll have heard of this amazing exhibition that the British Library has put together to celebrate the 20 years since the first publication of book 1. It is unreal to think that before then, we didn’t have this fascinating world that has charmed everyone. This is al...

leynes rated it ★★★☆☆

November 10, 2017

Well, this didn't necessarily turn out as planned. Harry Potter: A History of Magic promises to showcase the magical traditions that lie at the heart of Harry Potter's world. I'm not really sure if this catalogue lives up to its claim. Personally, I would've preferred it if this book had really lo...

Rikke rated it ★★★★☆

December 01, 2017

I was fortunate enough to visit the Harry Potter exhibition at British Library in its opening week in October. It was such a wonderful experience; I stood in awe and looked at Rowling's manuscripts, drawings and schedules; I gazed longingly at Jim Kay's detailed drawings and paintings; and I gasp...

Amber rated it ★★★★★

December 08, 2017

i couldn’t help myself. it was sitting on my shelf looking so sad and desperately wanting me to read it.

Nadine rated it ★★★★☆

November 15, 2017

Required reading for every Harry Potter fan! I originally picked this up after skimming through it at the bookstore and seeing images of drafts and annotations of the original books, so I had to buy it. This book is the written equivalent of walking through the British Library's actual museum Har...

Catherine rated it ★★★★☆

October 21, 2017

A excellent companion-book to the wonderful Harry Potter series, full of information about how J K Rowling got the inspiration to create the magical world of Harry Potter. The closest I'll get to the British Museum in London, by reading all about it! :-)

Rose rated it ★★★★☆

January 06, 2018

I went to London in October 2017, during that time the gallery for the History of Magic had just start but there weren't any tickets anymore online for that entire week (mind you not for the studios as well). However of course I went, because I didn't plan to come back before February, considerin...

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