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Behind-The-Scenes Harry Potter Documentary Is On Its Way To Spill Some Secrets

Behind-The-Scenes Harry Potter Documentary Is On Its Way To Spill Some Secrets

Harry Potter is the gift that keeps on giving. Yeah, we're not expecting anymore HP movies (Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them doesn't count, okay?!) so obviously we want to soak up every bit of Potter-ness that we possibly can.

This is where this incredible documentary comes into play.

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To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first EVER Harry Potter book, the BBC is bringing us a behind-the-scenes show called Harry Potter: A History of Magic.

The show explores J.K. Rowling's unseen manuscripts, as well as a load of drawings and drafts from her personal collection. They're also going to look into some of the inspiration she used to come up with the Wizarding World.

The one-off special will air on BBC2. It's being made in conjunction with the British Library's upcoming Harry Potter exhibition, which will run from 20th October 2017 until 28th February 2018.

Celebrities who are huge fans of the books and movies will also appear on the show, citing their favourite spells and describing their favourite moments.

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Obviously, our J.K. will also appear on the show, discussing some of the personal artefacts that will be featured.

Another part of the show will be a segment following the lives of people who've followed a career that echoes the Wizarding World. For example, wandmakers and real Quidditch players.

Also, two new books are coming out this October.

I'm Sirius. The two books will accompany the Harry Potter exhibition.

Publisher Bloomsbury announced the two books - Harry Potter: A History of Magic, The Book of the Exhibition, which (according to Business Insider) surveys the subjects studied at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The second book, Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic, explores the historical journey of the Harry Potter world and delves into the stories behind spells, magical creatures and famous wizards and witches.

Want to know more? Of course you do.

In a press release, Bloomsbury wrote: 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."

It continues: "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."

But what about A Journey Through a History of Magic? Well: "An irresistible romp through the history of magic, from alchemy to unicorns, ancient witchcraft to Harry's Hogwarts - packed with unseen sketches and manuscript pages from J.K. Rowling, magical illustrations from Jim Kay and weird, wonderful and inspiring artefacts that have been magically released from the archives at the British Library.

"This spellbinding book takes readers on a journey through the Hogwarts curriculum, including Herbology, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Astronomy, Divination and more. Discover the truth behind making the Philosopher's Stone, create your very own potion and uncover the secret of invisible ink. Learn all about the history of mandrake roots and dragons, discover what witches really used their brooms for, pore over incredible images of actual mermaids and read about real-life potions, astronomers and alchemists."

Best year ever, right?!

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros.

Topics: Entertainment, Harry Potter, Awesome, BBC, Warner Bros, Documentary

Mel Ramsay

Mel Ramsay is the Senior Journalist at PRETTY52 but has worked at LADbible Group as part of the LADbible editorial team since 2015. She started her career writing obituaries and funeral guides online. Since then, her work has been published in a wide variety of national and local news sites. She is part of the BBC's Generation project and has spoken about young people, politics and mental health on television, radio and online. Contact her - mel.ramsay@pretty52.com

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