“A History of Magic” Documentary to Be Filmed!

It’s no secret that BBC is making some of our favorite programs lately, from the new Strike series to a recently announced documentary featuring Dame Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall). The network has added yet another exciting project to its 2018 lineup: a documentary entitled A History of Magic!

No, this isn’t the Hogwarts textbook in film form. It’s a one-off documentary all about the British Library’s exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic, which opens next month. BBC promises a behind-the-scenes look at the exhibit and all the rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects it contains. Many of these objects, like the original drafts and drawings lent by J.K. Rowling and illustrator Jim Kay, have never been displayed before!

The documentary will also feature an interview with J.K. Rowling herself, in which she will give insight into her writing and discuss the items she donated to the exhibit. Famous fans of the books will perform readings in order to recreate our favorite potions and spells. The film promises to be a thorough exploration of the origins of Hogwarts and the Harry Potter universe.

What a way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone! There isn’t a definite release date for the documentary, but you can book your tickets to Harry Potter: A History of Magic at the British Library starting October 20, or when it comes to the states in October 2018!


Gayané Kaligian

Gayane has been writing about Harry Potter since the fourth grade, when she wrote her first five-paragraph essay on why Percy Weasley’s buffoonery could have led to Voldemort winning. These days, she’s still talking about the Weasley brothers, but it’s mostly about how overlooked Charlie is. In her free time, you can find her researching stunt choreography and geeking out over theater.