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

Harry Potter: A Journey Through A History of Magic

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 read...

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Harry Potter: A Journey Through A History of Magic Reviews

  • malin 🌻

    SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY CAN OCTOBER BE HERE ALREADY

  • Ren (A Bookish Balance)

    A Journey Through A History of Magic is the shorter, more condensed version of A History of Magic. I actually preferred this one to A History of Magic. You can see my full review here:

  • Bridget Vollmer

    Just picked this up at my local bookstore....perfection! I can't wait to read each page. It's absolutely beautiful and a wonderful companion to the wizarding world of HP

  • Valentina Christod

    You really don't need both. But I did

  • Sara Planz

    Loved seeing where Rowling drew her inspiration and how she created this amazing world.

  • Leonie Byrne

    For those who don’t know, this year The British Library are hosting a special exhibition, which serves to celebrate 20 years since the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. To accompany the exhibition, two books have been released and the first one I’ve read is this companion guide, A Journey Through A History of Magic. First off I’d like to highlight that this is a beautiful book in itself. Filled with full colour illustrations, by Jim Kay, the illustrator of the illustrated

    For those who don’t know, this year The British Library are hosting a special exhibition, which serves to celebrate 20 years since the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. To accompany the exhibition, two books have been released and the first one I’ve read is this companion guide, A Journey Through A History of Magic. 
First off I’d like to highlight that this is a beautiful book in itself. Filled with full colour illustrations, by Jim Kay, the illustrator of the illustrated editions of Harry Potter, each character, animal and even props are brought to life on the pages. These are accompanied by not only the original sketches that became the illustrations, but sketches by J.K Rowling herself. Not to mention early drafts, both hand and type written and cut scenes from the books.

The book gives us detailed information about the inspirations Rowling found for the stories which have won over children and adults alike for the past two decades. It’s unbelievable to think I was only 7 years old the first time I laid my hands on The Philosopher’s Stone. 

It’s really interesting to look at the inspiration for the creatures, the characters names, the different ideas for subjects at Hogwarts and the inspiration behind everything from Potions to Divination. A must read for any Potter fan!

  • Trish

    2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of the very first

    book, the beginning of a magical journey for so many people around the world. There are a lot of interesting facts surrounding the author and how the story came to be, but there is another side: peoples‘ fascination with magic (spells, wands, certain animals, plants, ...) and the Harry Potter Exhibition at the British Library shows just that combination of what Rowling used in her books and historical scripts, pain

    2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of the very first

    book, the beginning of a magical journey for so many people around the world. There are a lot of interesting facts surrounding the author and how the story came to be, but there is another side: peoples‘ fascination with magic (spells, wands, certain animals, plants, ...) and the Harry Potter Exhibition at the British Library shows just that combination of what Rowling used in her books and historical scripts, painings and artifacts.

    This version of the book is the children‘s version. I assume that the texts are shorter than in the other one (which I shall review next week when I receive it). It definitely is a colourful assortment, nevertheless full of interesting information and pictures of Rowling‘s scribbles and sketches and drafts. In addition to that, many illustrations by Jim Kay are included (which should be especially interesting to anyone not having bought the illustrated editions of the novels) as well as stunning photographs of the artifacts (wands, star charts, ...) that are on display in the British Library.

    Moreover, and this is where you see that this is meant for children rather than adults, this edition contains instructions to fun activities that tie into the respective chapters/topics where they can be found.

    A fun little treasure trove for those of us who unfortunately cannot go to the exhibition (or want the memories to last) and a great history lesson that has been put together in an interesting way to charm us all.

  • Ene Sepp

    Oeh, kuidas ma soovin, et see raamat eesti keeles ka ilmuks. Vahet pole, et ingliskeelne eksemplar juba olemas on, ma ostaksin riiulisse veel ühe. Kuna ma olen jõudnud NaNoWriMo raames juba 15 000 sõna kirja panna, siis preemiaks oli väike külastus raamatupoodi ja nii kui ma seda raamatut nägin, siis teadsin, et sellega ka väljun.

    Väga huvitav sissevaade Harry Potteri maailma. Räägitakse lahti nii mõnegi asja taustalugu, kuid minu jaoks olid kõige põnevamad osad J.K. Rowlingu esialgsed mustandid.

    Oeh, kuidas ma soovin, et see raamat eesti keeles ka ilmuks. Vahet pole, et ingliskeelne eksemplar juba olemas on, ma ostaksin riiulisse veel ühe. Kuna ma olen jõudnud NaNoWriMo raames juba 15 000 sõna kirja panna, siis preemiaks oli väike külastus raamatupoodi ja nii kui ma seda raamatut nägin, siis teadsin, et sellega ka väljun.

    Väga huvitav sissevaade Harry Potteri maailma. Räägitakse lahti nii mõnegi asja taustalugu, kuid minu jaoks olid kõige põnevamad osad J.K. Rowlingu esialgsed mustandid. Väga huvitav oli võrrelda, kuidas mingi stseen algul kirja pandi või kuhu dialoogi hiljem juurde lisati. Lisaks huvitavale lugemisele oli see ka hea meenutus, et esimene variant ei pea olema perfektne, vaid teel lõppversioonini läheb nii mõnigi tegelaskuju ja stseen kaotsi.

    See on igale Harry Potteri fännile unustamatu lugemine!

  • Chelsey

    Really disappointed. Not worth the price tag.

  • Dawnie

    Cute little book showing a background view into how Harry Potter was created with nice pieces of original drawing of how Rowling pictured the characters, the school ground, how she structured the plot for all books and how she came up with many of the elements of the story.

    If you are a big Potterhead? You will enjoy this book.

    I loved seeing the few inserts of the original scripts and scenes of the book, seeing how Rowling first imagined some moments and how they later came out in the actual bo

    Cute little book showing a background view into how Harry Potter was created with nice pieces of original drawing of how Rowling pictured the characters, the school ground, how she structured the plot for all books and how she came up with many of the elements of the story.

    If you are a big Potterhead? You will enjoy this book.

    I loved seeing the few inserts of the original scripts and scenes of the book, seeing how Rowling first imagined some moments and how they later came out in the actual books.

    I loved seeing her drawings -which honestly how is it fair that she also can draw well enough that you can clearly see exactly what she envisioned???? Can one person have too many talents? (if its Rowling clearly the answer is a firm NO.... )

    BUT what completely confused me in this book is for which age range it is...

    there are activities in this book that felt to me like they were targeted towards young children?

    Am i just way to much of a "No thank i am not into book activities!" kind of person to see the appeal of them or are they as i see them very childish and clearly targeted towards kids that just started reading Harry Potter at the ages between 10 and 12 or younger??

    But all that other stuff?

    The actual history of how the books came to be, and the background to the magical elements?

    Realistically? How many kids at that age are interested to learn that Rowling thought up specific names or potions because some time in the 1400 century there was this guy.... ?

    I mean personally i would have loved to have this book after i fell in love with the first two books! But i am/was a VERY strange kid that had WAY to mane interests and wanted to understand what and how it all happens.

    And while there clearly are other people that love that as well, there are way more people that DON'T clearly care about i ESPECIALLY Kids! They love the story, the love the MAGIC, they don't need to understand OR read about how and what the actual real history behind specific very magic Potter moments are when they just discover the books.

    So how specific sections of the book where made up confused me.

    Also while i love seeing Kim's drawings - i love the illustrated HP editions! LOVE THEM!- i was a bit sad to see them reused so clearly!

    We see a few pictures that show others NOT used illustrations of Kim's throughout this book, why not use more of those instead of reused already shown illustrations we see in HP books 1 through 3?

    Maybe thats just me with wanting MORE instead of reusing things i already know. Maybe thats just me always remembering things i already saw, read or heard and not enjoying being repressiveness in that way. Because especially with pictures? If i saw that once, i remember it! In detail. Some say thats great, in this instead maybe thats the problem why i felt a bit disappointed with this book and how they so clearly re-used the illustrations....

    It was just a bit disappointing for me when they talk about Jim Kay and how he did the drawing and didn't really show more than three or four actual NEW works that we have not already in different books.

    It was still a nice read, and i enjoyed seeing the history.

    And i do think its a MUST read for any Potter head!!!!


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