Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic

by British Library

Paperback, 2017


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Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic (2017), 144 pages. (March 2018) Paperback. $19.99.


Juvenile Nonfiction. Science. Sociology. HTML: The official companion book to the British Library exhibition and the ultimate gift for Harry Potter fans! As the British Library unveils a very special new exhibition in the UK, Harry Potter: A History of Magic, readers everywhere are invited on an enchanting journey through the Hogwarts curriculum, from Care of Magical Creatures and Herbology to Defense Against the Dark Arts, Astronomy, and more in this eBook uncovering thousands of years of magical history. Prepare to be amazed by artifacts released from the archives of the British Library, unseen sketches and manuscript pages from J.K. Rowling, and incredible illustrations from artist Jim Kay. Discover the truth behind the origins of the Philosopher's Stone, monstrous dragons, and troublesome trolls; examine real-life wands and find out what actually makes a mandrake scream; pore over remarkable pages from da Vinci's notebook; and discover the oldest atlas of the night sky. Carefully curated by the British Library and full of extraordinary treasures from all over the world, this is an unforgettable journey exploring the history of the magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories..… (more)


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144 p.; 9.75 inches

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LibraryThing member flying_monkeys
Some of the "sources" selected seemed, odd. And there was way too many pages spent on Divination. That's just my opinion o'course. ;) BUT, all of the handwritten notes, never-before-seen original manuscript pages, and original illustrations by Rowling made this worth the read. I'd buy a copy of
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this book for those alone.

Recommended for diehard Harry Potter fans.

3 stars
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LibraryThing member Auntie-Nanuuq
This book is merely snippets of information from various sources.

Included: copies of several hand written manuscript pages by the author; small copies of original drawings by the author; some historical facts on magic & witchcraft; several beautifully done portraits of Professors Dumbledore,
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McGonagall, Snape, & Hagrid; original manuscript changes...

Overall I found it lacking and I wasn't really impressed. It is not a book I would add to my collection.

Just because it is "Harry Potter" doesn't make it good or interesting.
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LibraryThing member deckla
This highly designed book is a walk through the British Library's exhibition, Harry Potter: a journey through a History of Magic. Very well put together, the exhibition explores the historical sources for the magic found in J.K. Rowling's books through artifacts from the British Library's
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collections, and a few other museums. The sections are based on the Hogwarts curriculum: Potions and alchemy, Herbology, Charms, Divination, Defense against the Dark Arts, and Care of Magical Creatures. A fun and informative romp.
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