Harry Potter: A Journey Through A History of Magic by British Library

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

  • 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

  • Sara Planz

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

  • Michael

    What a beautiful book. The illustrations are wonderful. The inside facts about how certain elements were created is a great touch.

  • 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.

  • Kristen

    4.5

    I'm going to be honest, I think that if I read pretty much ANYTHING Harry Potter that I would like it. Even if it sucked pretty hardcore, I would probably like it to some degree. Anytime I am able to be back in the Harry Potter world, I am a happy girl.

    This book is a really cool mash-up of Harry Potter and history. I like that aspect because it really emphasizes how much thought and research went into the creation of the Harry Potter world. The book also includes hand-written excerpts from t

    4.5

    I'm going to be honest, I think that if I read pretty much ANYTHING Harry Potter that I would like it. Even if it sucked pretty hardcore, I would probably like it to some degree. Anytime I am able to be back in the Harry Potter world, I am a happy girl.

    This book is a really cool mash-up of Harry Potter and history. I like that aspect because it really emphasizes how much thought and research went into the creation of the Harry Potter world. The book also includes hand-written excerpts from the Harry Potter novels, some of which detail scenes that are not even included in the final novel. Needless to say, some pretty intense fan-girling was taking place while reading this book.

    My only grievance is that some of the pages seem a little empty. As in, a few pages include really huge quotes from the novels to take up space. While I liked that in a way because the book wasn't too crammed, I feel that there could have been a little more included.

    Overall: Awesome.

  • Delia Devin

    While I loved the tidbits from JK Rowling and found the historical facts of magic and witchcraft fascinating, I would love to understand the magical world, which Harry lives better. Like, where is that encyclopedia/History of Magic by Bathilda Bagshot we all want??

    But again, this is really beautiful and for someone who can't afford the illustrated editions, I was charmed by the beautiful drawings. My favorite has to be the Diagon Alley one.

  • Veronique

    Having bought the ‘adult’ version, I wasn’t going to get this one, thinking erroneously that it wouldn’t be as good. Silly really because I enjoyed it as much! At the base of it, the information is fundamentally the same but the layout has been adapted for a ‘younger’ audience in a very smart and beautiful way that people of all ages can appreciate.

    Once more you get details for all the subjects taught at Hogwarts, using documents and artefacts from the British Library and other private collecti

    Having bought the ‘adult’ version, I wasn’t going to get this one, thinking erroneously that it wouldn’t be as good. Silly really because I enjoyed it as much! At the base of it, the information is fundamentally the same but the layout has been adapted for a ‘younger’ audience in a very smart and beautiful way that people of all ages can appreciate.

    Once more you get details for all the subjects taught at Hogwarts, using documents and artefacts from the British Library and other private collections. Many of Jim Kay and Olivia Gill’s beautiful illustrations are included too, but what impressed me were Rowling’s sketches. Somehow I missed the extent of her skill in the other book, while here they are showcased more prominently.

  • Isa Cantos (Crónicas de una Merodeadora)

    Este fue un libro súper divertido de leer, sobre todo porque tienen un montón de material extra sobre el mundo de Harry Potter que nunca había visto la luz: ilustraciones de J. K. Rowling, manuscritos originales, escenas que fueron borradas, notas del editor, incluso una carta del guionista de todas las pelis.

    Además,

    nos cuenta las historias reales de muchos objetos y artefactos que han sido considerados mágicos a lo largo de las eras y que, de

    Este fue un libro súper divertido de leer, sobre todo porque tienen un montón de material extra sobre el mundo de Harry Potter que nunca había visto la luz: ilustraciones de J. K. Rowling, manuscritos originales, escenas que fueron borradas, notas del editor, incluso una carta del guionista de todas las pelis.

    Además,

    nos cuenta las historias reales de muchos objetos y artefactos que han sido considerados mágicos a lo largo de las eras y que, de una u otra manera, inspiraron el mundo mágico que Rowling creó.

  • Sarah

    Fun collection, great for fans of Harry Potter who won't be able to visit the exhibition in the British Library in the foreseeable future. I'm a big enough fan to have read all of the books and seen all of the movies so this book had added details that I was not aware of. For the super fan this may be information that they are already privy to. I found it interesting.

  • Jess The Bookworm

    A great companion read for lovers of the Harry Potter series. This book goes through JK Rowling's inspirations for elements of her world building, taking us through the curriculum at Hogwarts, the characters and magical instruments used throughout.

    It includes sketches done by JK Rowling herself, showing us exactly what she pictured her characters to look like. It also has early drafts of certain chapters with all of the editing notes and her handwritten plans for the series. Her mind just works

    A great companion read for lovers of the Harry Potter series. This book goes through JK Rowling's inspirations for elements of her world building, taking us through the curriculum at Hogwarts, the characters and magical instruments used throughout.

    It includes sketches done by JK Rowling herself, showing us exactly what she pictured her characters to look like. It also has early drafts of certain chapters with all of the editing notes and her handwritten plans for the series. Her mind just works in the most amazing way, and it's great to get a glance into it.

    I find the stories behind how it came to be published fascinating, as this is undoubtedly the biggest publishing success story of all time.


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