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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 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 readers on a journey through the Hogwarts curriculum, including Herbology, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Astronomy, Divination and more. Discover the truth behind making the Philosopher's Stone, create your very own potion and uncover the secret of invisible ink. Learn all about the history of mandrake roots and dragons, discover what witches really used their brooms for, pore over incredible images of actual mermaids and read about real-life potions, astronomers and alchemists. The perfect gift for aspiring witches and wizards and any Harry Potter fan. Celebrating twenty years of Harry Potter magic, and produced in association with the British Library to support their major exhibition, Harry Potter: A History of Magic. Contents: The magical world of Harry Potter -- The journey -- Potions and alchemy -- Herbology -- Charms -- Astronomy -- Divination -- Defence against the dark arts -- Care of magical creatures -- Past, present, future -- The British Library -- J. K. Rowling.


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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 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 readers on a journey through the Hogwarts curriculum, including Herbology, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Astronomy, Divination and more. Discover the truth behind making the Philosopher's Stone, create your very own potion and uncover the secret of invisible ink. Learn all about the history of mandrake roots and dragons, discover what witches really used their brooms for, pore over incredible images of actual mermaids and read about real-life potions, astronomers and alchemists. The perfect gift for aspiring witches and wizards and any Harry Potter fan. Celebrating twenty years of Harry Potter magic, and produced in association with the British Library to support their major exhibition, Harry Potter: A History of Magic. Contents: The magical world of Harry Potter -- The journey -- Potions and alchemy -- Herbology -- Charms -- Astronomy -- Divination -- Defence against the dark arts -- Care of magical creatures -- Past, present, future -- The British Library -- J. K. Rowling.

30 review for Harry Potter: A Journey Through A History of Magic

  1. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    That's right. There's a Harry Potter exhibit. And it's a whole motherfudging ocean away. Deeeeeep Breaths. For those of you, like myself, simmering in a cauldron of jealous envy...well, at least we can still live vicariously through books. You can still experience (almost) all the wonder and magic of the History of Magic exhibit through one of the two souvenir books. This is the children's version - as noted by its soft cover and absence of the 'ickier' kinds of magic. We go class-by-class a That's right. There's a Harry Potter exhibit. And it's a whole motherfudging ocean away. Deeeeeep Breaths. For those of you, like myself, simmering in a cauldron of jealous envy...well, at least we can still live vicariously through books. You can still experience (almost) all the wonder and magic of the History of Magic exhibit through one of the two souvenir books. This is the children's version - as noted by its soft cover and absence of the 'ickier' kinds of magic. We go class-by-class and learn about the history of witchcraft & superstitions of the real world. Absolutely fascinating to read about the alchemist's scroll & the real Nicholas Flamel! And to think, Mandrakes really exist! And, I finally understood Charms class - when you charm an object, you give it a new property (i.e. making it float). Never made that connection before. At the end of each "class" was a fun related science experiment that you could do (with a grownup) in your own home. Figure 1: Remus Lupin, one of the many DADA professors who taught at Hogwarts As always, we have the magnificent illustrations of Jim Kay that just brighten up the entire book. And if I had one criticism, it would be that the images from Jim Kay are taken from the other illustrated Harry Potter books. Some of the professors were not included in the images simply because Kay hadn't painted them in the 3 published illustrated HPs. I would have loved to see new versions of the professor paintings and paintings of additional professors. Despite that - this was truly, a joy to read ! YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat @miranda_reads

  2. 5 out of 5

    Calista

    Cute work on some of the ideas J. K. came up with. There is some original art pieces and manuscripts that Jo worked on in the writing process. It’s really cool to see those concepts that she had. Her vision for Diagon alley and the entrance into it was very cool. This book goes over major characters and beasts and things of the series. It’s more information for the Harry Potter fan out there.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Trish

    2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of the very first Harry Potter 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 Harry Potter 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.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    In 2017 'The British Library' mounted an exhibition called "Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic" to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter novel. This is a companion book to the library's presentation. Harry Potter fans will find much to like in this tribute, which is BEAUTIFUL to look at and FUN to read. The book contains a variety of wonderful tidbits related to the Harry Potter series. Examples follow. The volume contains original sketches In 2017 'The British Library' mounted an exhibition called "Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic" to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter novel. This is a companion book to the library's presentation. Harry Potter fans will find much to like in this tribute, which is BEAUTIFUL to look at and FUN to read. The book contains a variety of wonderful tidbits related to the Harry Potter series. Examples follow. The volume contains original sketches by J.K. Rowling, drawn while she was writing the books. These include: the Hogwarts school and grounds (including the Giant Squid and the Whomping Willow); Harry and the Dursleys (I love this one - Dudley is a mini-Vernon); Harry and his friends (Neville, Ron, Hermione, and Gary....who was later renamed Dean); Professor Sprout and her magic plants; Argus Filch (looking exceptionally creepy); Nearly Headless Nick (showing why he's 'nearly headless'); Professor Snape; and more. The book also has copies of original manuscript pages by J.K. Rowling, featuring: annotated handwritten and typed pages from 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'; emended pages from 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'; an edited handwritten copy of the 'Sorting Hat' song; a handwritten story from 'The Tales of Beedle the Bard'; and others. Also included are Rowling's handwritten lists of classes and teachers at Hogwarts and a detailed plan (in chart form) for 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.' All this shows a little of Rowling's 'writing process', which is interesting and instructive. ***** The book has numerous GORGEOUS drawings by Jim Kay, illustrator for the illustrated editions of Harry Potter. These pictures include: Professor Dumbledore; Professor McGonagall; a busy Platform Nine and Three-Quarters; Professor Snape; Fluffy (the three-headed dog); Professor Sprout (surrounded by mandrakes); Diagon Alley; a Hippogriff; Aragog (the giant spider); Fawkes (the phoenix); winged keys; and many many more. ***** The publication features examples of books, objects, and factoids that relate to 'magic', like: a bezoar stone in a gold filigree case; a cauldron from 800 B.C.; an actual mandrake root (this looks exactly like a little person); medieval books about herbology and potions; a medieval witch's broom owned by Olga Hunt of Manaton - who allegedly rode it during the full moon; an Arabic astrolabe (used by ancient astronomers to chart the night sky); a witch's scrying mirror (used for divination); a fortune telling cup and saucer (for tea leaves); magic wands; illustrations of constellations; names of stars; and innumerable others. Snippets from - and anecdotes about - the Harry Potter stories are linked with the things mentioned above - to demonstrate how they may have inspired Rowling. ***** There are also miscellaneous engaging segments scattered through the book, such as: Nicholas Flamel (featured in 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone') was a real person; a man called George Ripley wrote a book about how to make a Philosopher's Stone (which apparently didn't work because he died in 1490); many modern medicines are based on plants (digoxin, quinine, aspirin); Leonardo DaVinci wrote notes in mirror handwriting (which reads from right to left); people once believed that the smell of a weasel could kill a basilisk; and lots more. ***** Lastly , the book includes suggested activities for children (with instructions), such as: how to make a color-changing potion; how to make flowers change color; how to make a charmed banana (sliced inside it's intact skin); and how to find the lines on your palm (for palm reading). I'm a big Harry Potter fan and I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I highly recommend it to fans of the series, both kids and adults. You can follow my reviews at https://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot....

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lucy Langford

    So I bought this straight after visiting the HP history of magic exhibition at the British library... literally, they were selling these books on a book stand at the end of the exhibition and I just couldn't resist! It is a fantastic book filled with knowledge about the courses taught at Hogwarts and the history behind them. It is filled with wonderful illustrations through out and the knowledge is just so fascinating, it makes me want to research more. Definitely magical ! So I bought this straight after visiting the HP history of magic exhibition at the British library... literally, they were selling these books on a book stand at the end of the exhibition and I just couldn't resist! It is a fantastic book filled with knowledge about the courses taught at Hogwarts and the history behind them. It is filled with wonderful illustrations through out and the knowledge is just so fascinating, it makes me want to research more. Definitely magical !

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dave Schaafsma

    I was unable to attend the exhibition at the British Library on the occasion of the twentieth year since the 1997 release of the first Harry Potter volume. Well, a book about Harry Potter and magic, you say? Isn't a companion book on magic a bit redundant? Well, you have a point, but this is a lovely illustrated coffee table (paperback, which is to say affordable) commemorative version, the primary audience (appropriately, I guess) young people, illustrated by the two central (and both wonderful I was unable to attend the exhibition at the British Library on the occasion of the twentieth year since the 1997 release of the first Harry Potter volume. Well, a book about Harry Potter and magic, you say? Isn't a companion book on magic a bit redundant? Well, you have a point, but this is a lovely illustrated coffee table (paperback, which is to say affordable) commemorative version, the primary audience (appropriately, I guess) young people, illustrated by the two central (and both wonderful, in different ways) Potter World illustrators, Jim Kay and Olivia Gill. And it highlights all the magic in the books, of course, and yes, can be consulted as you read or reread, which will be fun for me to do at some point. Unable to afford (or attain at all, even if I could afford it) the limited release hardcover edition with what I expect will be a somewhat broader focus, I patiently await my name to come up for it in the library queue, will read and review it and tell you whether it will be worthwhile checking out, but I bet it will. Of course there appears to be a paperback version of it available as well. So much to do!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    In 2017 'The British Library' mounted an exhibition called "Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic" to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter novel. This is a companion book to the library's presentation. Harry Potter fans will find much to like in this tribute, which is BEAUTIFUL to look at and FUN to read. The book contains a variety of wonderful tidbits related to the Harry Potter series. Examples follow. The volume contains original sketches In 2017 'The British Library' mounted an exhibition called "Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic" to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter novel. This is a companion book to the library's presentation. Harry Potter fans will find much to like in this tribute, which is BEAUTIFUL to look at and FUN to read. The book contains a variety of wonderful tidbits related to the Harry Potter series. Examples follow. The volume contains original sketches by J.K. Rowling, drawn while she was writing the books. These include: the Hogwarts school and grounds (including the Giant Squid and the Whomping Willow); Harry and the Dursleys (I love this one - Dudley is a mini-Vernon); Harry and his friends (Neville, Ron, Hermione, and Gary....who was later renamed Dean); Professor Sprout and her magic plants; Argus Filch (looking exceptionally creepy); Nearly Headless Nick (showing why he's 'nearly headless'); Professor Snape; and more. The book also has copies of original manuscript pages by J.K. Rowling, featuring: annotated handwritten and typed pages from 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'; emended pages from 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'; an edited handwritten copy of the 'Sorting Hat' song; a handwritten story from 'The Tales of Beedle the Bard'; and others. Also included are Rowling's handwritten lists of classes and teachers at Hogwarts and a detailed plan (in chart form) for 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.' All this shows a little of Rowling's 'writing process', which is interesting and instructive. ***** The book has numerous GORGEOUS drawings by Jim Kay, illustrator for the illustrated editions of Harry Potter. These pictures include: Professor Dumbledore; Professor McGonagall; a busy Platform Nine and Three-Quarters; Professor Snape; Fluffy (the three-headed dog); Professor Sprout (surrounded by mandrakes); Diagon Alley; a Hippogriff; Aragog (the giant spider); Fawkes (the phoenix); winged keys; and many many more. ***** The publication features examples of books, objects, and factoids that relate to 'magic', like: a bezoar stone in a gold filigree case; a cauldron from 800 B.C.; an actual mandrake root (this looks exactly like a little person); medieval books about herbology and potions; a medieval witch's broom owned by Olga Hunt of Manaton - who allegedly rode it during the full moon; an Arabic astrolabe (used by ancient astronomers to chart the night sky); a witch's scrying mirror (used for divination); a fortune telling cup and saucer (for tea leaves); magic wands; illustrations of constellations; names of stars; and innumerable others. Snippets from - and anecdotes about - the Harry Potter stories are linked with the things mentioned above - to demonstrate how they may have inspired Rowling. ***** There are also miscellaneous engaging segments scattered through the book, such as: Nicholas Flamel (featured in 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone') was a real person; a man called George Ripley wrote a book about how to make a Philosopher's Stone (which apparently didn't work because he died in 1490); many modern medicines are based on plants (digoxin, quinine, aspirin); Leonardo DaVinci wrote notes in mirror handwriting (which reads from right to left); people once believed that the smell of a weasel could kill a basilisk; and lots more. ***** Lastly , the book includes suggested activities for children (with instructions), such as: how to make a color-changing potion; how to make flowers change color; how to make a charmed banana (sliced inside it's intact skin); and how to find the lines on your palm (for palm reading). I'm a big Harry Potter fan and I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I highly recommend it to fans of the series, both kids and adults. You can follow my reviews at https://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot....

  8. 5 out of 5

    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.

  9. 5 out of 5

    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 collect 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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Medha Shenoy( Ideas are bulletproof)

    Absolutely adored this book! I would recommend this to all the Potterheads out there who just couldn’t get enough of this magical world. This book shows various references made by JK Rowling in writing the book. It also shows JK Rowling’s hand written notes and her illustrations as well. For instance Nicholas Flamel was a real person and was known to be a landlord and a bookseller( definitely not an alchemist who possessed the powers of the philosopher’s stone! ). Besides all this, the illustrati Absolutely adored this book! I would recommend this to all the Potterheads out there who just couldn’t get enough of this magical world. This book shows various references made by JK Rowling in writing the book. It also shows JK Rowling’s hand written notes and her illustrations as well. For instance Nicholas Flamel was a real person and was known to be a landlord and a bookseller( definitely not an alchemist who possessed the powers of the philosopher’s stone! ). Besides all this, the illustrations are just…. no words can describe them! I love Jim Kay’s artwork especially the one of Nearly headless Nick Sir Nicholas De Mimsy-Porpington . “Hagrid is a relief to draw because drawing children you can’t put a line wrong, a misplaced scribble can age a child by ten years. There are no such problems with Hagrid: he’s a mass of scribbles with eyes.” -Jim Kay.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Baker

    4.5 stars

  12. 5 out of 5

    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.

  13. 4 out of 5

    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 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

  14. 4 out of 5

    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. 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.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mrs. Allen 107 (The Kansan Reader)

    If you are like me and love Harry Potter, I suggest this book. It gives a great background on JK Rowling and has many of her drawings and planning of the books in it. It's awesome sauce. If you are like me and love Harry Potter, I suggest this book. It gives a great background on JK Rowling and has many of her drawings and planning of the books in it. It's awesome sauce.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mehsi

    The family/child version of the book: Harry Potter: A History of Magic. So happy I finally finished this one and the other book. I got these in 2017(Christmas), but since I was going to the exhibit in February 2018 (my hubby organised it as a birthday surprise) I didn't want to spoil it. After that it was just too soon to read as I still remembered everything. And now? Still remember plenty, but I loved visiting the exhibit again! This book is essentially the same as the History of Magic book, ho The family/child version of the book: Harry Potter: A History of Magic. So happy I finally finished this one and the other book. I got these in 2017(Christmas), but since I was going to the exhibit in February 2018 (my hubby organised it as a birthday surprise) I didn't want to spoil it. After that it was just too soon to read as I still remembered everything. And now? Still remember plenty, but I loved visiting the exhibit again! This book is essentially the same as the History of Magic book, however there is a big difference. It is more simplified. Whereas the other book is more for adults this one is more for children. But there are other differences. For instance there are other illustrations and images that pop up, there are biographies for the characters, fun experiments and things to try at home (which I absolutely loved and I am sure kids will love to try them out as well), and plenty of more that will keep you interested for the entire book. I had so much fun reading this one. While I read the books back to back, I wasn't bored once while reading. This book just has a different tone, less serious, more playful than the other that made it a whole different read for me. It gave a different view to the exhibition and I loved it. I would highly recommend this one to Harry Potter and magic fans everywhere. For the adults, be sure to grab both books, believe me you won't be disappointed. Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

  17. 5 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    This is an amazing full-color look at the history behind the book series and also a glimpse at the writing process. As a research nerd myself, I am drawn to this fictional world because so much of it is based on medieval science, folklore and mythology. I especially love the images and descriptions of the rare books describing alchemy, magic charms, creatures and more. I was aware of the Philosopher's Stone (I detest the American translations) and early alchemists but have never seen any of thes This is an amazing full-color look at the history behind the book series and also a glimpse at the writing process. As a research nerd myself, I am drawn to this fictional world because so much of it is based on medieval science, folklore and mythology. I especially love the images and descriptions of the rare books describing alchemy, magic charms, creatures and more. I was aware of the Philosopher's Stone (I detest the American translations) and early alchemists but have never seen any of these rare books and manuscripts. Coming in a very close second are the handwritten notes and drawings by J.K. Rowling showing the writing and revising process. The beginning of Philosopher's Stone was originally quite different and it's incredible how some editing and revising changed the story and made it more powerful and exciting. Also included are Jim Kay's color illustrations of Hogwarts people, magical creatures, Diagon Alley and the world of Harry Potter. Jim Kay's style is not quite how I imagine Harry's world but the illustrations are beautiful. I especially like the winged keys from Philosopher's Stone and the phoenix. There's so much jam packed into this slim book. I wish I could have seen the exhibition but for those of us who couldn't make it, this book is the next best thing. If you don't particularly like the stories but are interested in the history of magic, this book would also appeal to you. If you only like the movies and haven't read the books, give this book a browse and see what you think.

  18. 5 out of 5

    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. 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.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Stoolfire

    Harry Potter: A Journey Through A History of Magic is a really cool behind the scenes look at one of my all time favorite series. I loved reading about all of the real life historical elements. I wish I could have visited the special exhibition at the British Library because that truly would have been awesome!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michael

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

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sara

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

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    It's about Harry Potter so of course I'm going to enjoy it. I just felt that I knew most of this already especially as I've also read the other book of the exhibition, Harry Potter: A History of Magic. This seemed a little redundant as it didn't really tell me anything new. I would suggest that other readers choose just one of them to read. It's about Harry Potter so of course I'm going to enjoy it. I just felt that I knew most of this already especially as I've also read the other book of the exhibition, Harry Potter: A History of Magic. This seemed a little redundant as it didn't really tell me anything new. I would suggest that other readers choose just one of them to read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ailie Vuper

    While this was meant for a younger audience I absolutely loved reading about the history of the magical subjects and seeing what the British Library had put together for the 20 year celebration of Harry Potter. I smiled so much while reading this book and it was nice to delve back into the Potter universe for a bit! Every Harry Potter fan should check this out.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))

    I loved the deeper look at the Hogwarts subjects (my class would totally be Charms) and the interesting artifacts. The best part was seeing Rowling's handwritten pages - seeing the bridge from her mind to the world of Harry Potter was inspiring. I loved the deeper look at the Hogwarts subjects (my class would totally be Charms) and the interesting artifacts. The best part was seeing Rowling's handwritten pages - seeing the bridge from her mind to the world of Harry Potter was inspiring.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ankita Singh

    Oh my God. Those illustrations were gorgeous! And I can't believe so many of the magic things (I mean, MANDRAKES?!) actually exist(ed) in real life! This book was short, fun and beautiful. A must-have for every Potterhead out there! Oh my God. Those illustrations were gorgeous! And I can't believe so many of the magic things (I mean, MANDRAKES?!) actually exist(ed) in real life! This book was short, fun and beautiful. A must-have for every Potterhead out there!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Noninuna

    I've been putting this off after starting it back in April (?) because I thought it was nothing so important to finish it but now that I actually done with it, I'm glad. However, I don't know how to categorize this book, whether to put in under fiction or non-fiction. It's kind of mixture of both fantasy, myths, legends and facts. It talks about how Harry Potter comes to be the book that was published, the magic itself from the old time until now, in different culture and religion. We also get t I've been putting this off after starting it back in April (?) because I thought it was nothing so important to finish it but now that I actually done with it, I'm glad. However, I don't know how to categorize this book, whether to put in under fiction or non-fiction. It's kind of mixture of both fantasy, myths, legends and facts. It talks about how Harry Potter comes to be the book that was published, the magic itself from the old time until now, in different culture and religion. We also get to learn a little bit about the subject that being offered at Hogwarts, the essential thing behind every subject like Care of Magical Creature, Divination, Astrology etc. Very informative & full of gorgeous illustrations. It also provides a few of the original, uncut manuscript bits of Harry Potter books, handwritten or typed using typewriter by Rowling herself. At the end, we get to know how the first book got to be adapted into a movie.

  27. 4 out of 5

    ☽ Melanie (meltheauror)

    My heart is full atm. I just had a wonderful/torturous day full of Harry Potter, having binge-watched the last 3 movies in the Harry Potter series. In an attempt to cheer myself up after that last (INTENSE) movie, I picked up this book, and I. Couldn't. Stop. Reading. It. The book is full of an amazing collection of annotations, drawings, deleted scenes and drafts of the HP books from J.K. Rowling's personal collection; it gives an AMAZING "historical"/mythological background to Jo's inspiration wh My heart is full atm. I just had a wonderful/torturous day full of Harry Potter, having binge-watched the last 3 movies in the Harry Potter series. In an attempt to cheer myself up after that last (INTENSE) movie, I picked up this book, and I. Couldn't. Stop. Reading. It. The book is full of an amazing collection of annotations, drawings, deleted scenes and drafts of the HP books from J.K. Rowling's personal collection; it gives an AMAZING "historical"/mythological background to Jo's inspiration when writing about magic and witchcraft, and the general development of the fascinating world we know and love. The book also includes some of the illustrations by Jim Kay from the Illustrated Editions of books 1-3! If you're a HP die-hard, and are always curious to know more of the "making-of" this incredible story, you should definitely pick up this book!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bianca

    Despite being an avid reader of the Harry Potter books I hadn't heard of this edition until I walked passed it in the local store. I didn't have particularly high hopes for it but ended up being pleasantly surprised. This book doesn't just take us through a history of magic in the HP world, but rather a worldwide history of magic that explains where JK Rowling got a lot of her inspiration from. I was hooked from the first page, and finished reading in a hour. My favourite parts are definitely th Despite being an avid reader of the Harry Potter books I hadn't heard of this edition until I walked passed it in the local store. I didn't have particularly high hopes for it but ended up being pleasantly surprised. This book doesn't just take us through a history of magic in the HP world, but rather a worldwide history of magic that explains where JK Rowling got a lot of her inspiration from. I was hooked from the first page, and finished reading in a hour. My favourite parts are definitely the hand written notes from JK Rowling that demonstrate how she mapped out the books. The story also includes original drafts and how the story changed quite a lot in later edits. *SPOILER* I especially loved that Fudge was originally the Muggle Prime Minister with Dursley being the deputy who had originally named Dudley 'Didsbury'. It was also nice to read a summary of each of the subjects Harry took at Hogwarts and how real life history and mythology effected the running of them. This isn't a huge book, but for Harry Potter fans it's definitely worth a read. I learned a lot of things I didn't know, and honestly it's worth it alone to read the drafts JK Rowling wrote.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Vassiliki

    This is well worth the read! It contains lots of interesting historical tidbits that relate to Harry Potter, and more importantly, many pictures of handwritten notes, typed manuscripts, and character sketches by Rowling herself. One of my favourites (though I can't read her handwriting that well) is a table detailing various chapters from Order of the Phoenix, and another a deleted chapter of Hagrid talking to a Muggle version of Fudge. I recommend this to all Potter fans! This is well worth the read! It contains lots of interesting historical tidbits that relate to Harry Potter, and more importantly, many pictures of handwritten notes, typed manuscripts, and character sketches by Rowling herself. One of my favourites (though I can't read her handwriting that well) is a table detailing various chapters from Order of the Phoenix, and another a deleted chapter of Hagrid talking to a Muggle version of Fudge. I recommend this to all Potter fans!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    For some reason, I had a totally different notion of what this book was. Still an interesting read.

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