Previews Harry Potter: A History Of Magic Premieres Sat 28 Oct on BBC-2 Published 1 year ago on October 28, 2017 It’s 20 years since J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone first cast its spell on readers across the globe, thanks to the charm, warmth and imagination of its wizarding world. But Rowling’s fantastical creation wasn’t entirely make-believe… To mark the 20th anniversary of her book, the award-winning BBC Documentary Unit presents an enchanting new documentary, airing on Saturday 28 October at 9.00pm on BBC Two, tracing the real life traditions of magic at the heart of Harry Potter. Narrated by Imelda Staunton, this is a playful and thrilling adventure through the real life legends, beliefs and folklore that fired JK Rowling’s imagination. In the run up to the major exhibition, Harry Potter: A History of Magic, Rowling ventures behind the scenes of the British Library, revealing the real life counterparts to her fantastical world. From shrieking mandrakes and Elizabethan invisibility spells; to the mystery of the ancient oracle bones of the lost Shang dynasty and the real life search for the Philosopher’s Stone, it’s the start of a journey that takes us to some of the most magical places in the land. There, we’ll encounter wonderful characters whose belief in magic has never waned – from the folk at the beguiling Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle, Cornwall, to a pair of real life wizarding wandmakers who’ve honed their craft in England’s ancient woodland. Beneath the surface of this rip-roaring adventure is a surprisingly touching story of human frailty, desire and discovery. To JK Rowling magic has always been more than just waving a wand: it’s a window into the hopes and fears of humankind – revealing our deep-seated need to control the uncertainty of life. It’s a theme embedded at the heart of the Harry Potter books, and Rowling shares never before seen items from her personal archive – the drawings, doodles and early drafts that led to her own unmistakable vision. JK Rowling’s writing is brought to life with readings from actors from the Harry Potter films (David Thewlis, Evanna Lynch, Warwick Davies, Miriam Margoyles and Mark Williams) while illustrator Jim Kay illuminates Rowling’s imaginary world. Harry Potter: A History Of Magic airs Saturday 28 October 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on BBC Two. BBCDocumentaryHarry PotterTV Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes8 hours ago Bring It!: Breaking the Curse of the B-Squad (S5EP20 Lifetime Thurs 28 Feb 2019) Breaking the Curse of the B-Squad: Alumni Kayla and Sunjai arrive at the Dollhouse to help the B-Squad break their... Episodes8 hours ago The Titan Games: The Titan Games Championship (Season Finale NBC Thurs 28 Feb 2019) The Titan Games Championship: After thousands of hopefuls applied, a field of 64 exceptional athletes has been narrowed down to... Episodes8 hours ago How to Get Away with Murder: Please Say No One Else Is Dead (Season finale ABC Thurs 28 Feb 2019) Please Say No One Else Is Dead: Annalise and her team need to get to the truth before the truth... Episodes8 hours ago Flack: Episode Two (Pop Thurs 28 Feb 2019) Episode Two: Robyn tries to distract the press from the fact that her pop star client is being dropped by... Episodes8 hours ago Better Things: Chicago (S3EP1 FX Thurs 28 Feb 2019) Chicago: Sam and Max go on a trip. Written by Pamela Adlon Directed by Pamela Adlon Airdate: Thursday 28 February... search EPISODES Episodes8 hours ago Siren: Distress Call (S2EP6 Freeform Thurs 28 Feb 2019) Distress Call: Dale copes with the fallout from Maddie and Ryn’s encounter with the man from Susan’s past, while Katrina... Episodes8 hours ago Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Therapist (S6EP8 NBC Thurs 28 Feb 2019) The Therapist: Jake and Gina revisit their past when they attend their 20th high school reunion with Amy; at the... Episodes8 hours ago Beat Bobby Flay: Off to the Races (S19EP8 FoodTV Thurs 28 Feb 2019) Off to the Races: Haitian chef Jouvens Jean takes on Francophile and Seattle restaurateur Bruce Naftaly to see who will... advertisement MOVIES Movies2 weeks ago Yucatán (2018, Luis Tosar, Stephanie Cayo) In farcical comedy Yucatán a pair of white collar thieves compete fiercely against each other trying to steal from an... Movies2 weeks ago The Breaker Upperers (Netflix Fri 15 Feb 2019, Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami) Two women run a business breaking up couples for cash but when one develops a conscience their friendship unravels. production... Movies2 weeks ago Private Worlds (Paramount 1935, Charles Boyer, Claudette Colbert) Charles Boyer stars as the new superintendent of a progressive mental hospital. His apparent coldness first arouses resentment among the... MY TV TONIGHTWhat's on and when. Broadcast, cable and streaming... BRITISH FILM 1930-1990The Viewer's Guide to British Film 1930-1990 Indepth guide to six decades of cinema in the UK.