Harry Potter: A History of Magic

For Christmas, I received Harry Potter: A History of Magic from my parents. I have always been obsessed with the Harry Potters books and began reading them at a rather young age, which in turn sparked my passion for reading and writing and led me to pursue English in university.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic, by British Library, truly is a necessity for anyone who considers themselves to be a die-hard Harry Potter fan. Its description from goodreads is as follows:

Harry Potter: A History of Magic is the official book of the exhibition, a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between Bloomsbury, J.K. Rowling and the brilliant curators of the British Library. It promises to take readers on a fascinating journey through the subjects studied at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – from Alchemy and Potions classes through to Herbology and Care of Magical Creatures.

Each chapter showcases a treasure trove of artifacts from the British Library and other collections around the world, besides exclusive manuscripts, sketches, and illustrations from the Harry Potter archive. There’s also a specially commissioned essay for each subject area by an expert, writer or cultural commentator, inspired by the contents of the exhibition – absorbing, insightful and unexpected contributions from Steve Backshall, the Reverend Richard Coles, Owen Davies, Julia Eccleshare, Roger Highfield, Steve Kloves, Lucy Mangan, Anna Pavord and Tim Peake, who offer a personal perspective on their magical theme.

Readers will be able to pore over ancient spell books, amazing illuminated scrolls that reveal the secret of the Elixir of Life, vials of dragon’s blood, mandrake roots, painted centaurs and a genuine witch’s broomstick, in a book that shows J.K. Rowling’s magical inventions alongside their cultural and historical forebears.

This is the ultimate gift for Harry Potter fans, curious minds, big imaginations, bibliophiles and readers around the world who missed out on the chance to see the exhibition in person.”

I’m approximately halfway through the book, and it’s incredible in terms of the information it contains in its contents. Each chapter focuses on a subject taught at Hogwarts, for example, Herbology, Defence Against the Dark Arts, and Transfiguration, and explains the inspiration behind J.K. Rowling’s choosing to implement these curious teachings into her narrative. It contains images of Rowling’s original transcripts and drawings of some of her characters, for example, Harry, Ron, Hermione, and the Durley’s, and arguably contains copies of materials one would fail to find elsewhere.

The book isn’t cheap, but it’s a must for anyone who loves Harry.

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