Harry Potter

Harry Potter

A History of Magic

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"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 artefacts from the British Library and other collections around the world, beside 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."-- From the Book Depository.
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781408890769
Branch Call Number: 823.914 HAR 2017
Characteristics: 249 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: British Library


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This insanely popular series is one of the most challenged books of all time. While historically objections have accused the book of promoting witchcraft, more recently supporters of Donald Trump burned the book after the book's author criticized the U.S. president.

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Sep 04, 2020

Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic is a wonderful addition to the series. This book gives readers further insight into the Hogwarts curriculum, which is very exciting and interesting to Harry Potter fans. It has a similar idea to Harry Potter: A History of Magic, but is completely unique, and has new content of its own. I really enjoyed reading this book, and being able to learn more about the Hogwarts school subjects that fascinate me. I would highly recommend this book to other readers, specifically hard-core Harry Potter fans who are craving more details of the wizarding world! @PenelopeScriptor of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Aug 14, 2020

I liked this book a lot and i think it's great insight on how JKR wrote her amazing series! There are so many detsils and pictures that it was hard to bring it back to the library.

wongkyla Jun 30, 2020

A great book to deep dive into the Harry Potter universe.

Jun 21, 2020

This book is fun for grade 4 to grade 6 students.It is so helpful.

Dec 17, 2019

Harry Potter: A History of Magic is a fantastic addition for hard-core Harry Potter fans. It further develops the Potterverse, and gives more details into the history of the wizarding world. To some, this book may seem bizarre or boring, put to a fan, it is absolutely wonderful! Since you can’t go to Hogwarts, learning more about their school subjects, history, and magical creatures, along with seeing some ancient scrolls and artifacts, is the next best thing! I very much enjoyed this addition, and found the information very interesting. It also shows how thoroughly J.K Rowling created the wizarding world, and helps bring it to life! I would highly recommend that other Harry Potter fans read it as well! @PenelopeScriptor of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Review By The Tiny Astronaut I've been always excited to read something related to Harry Potter, and here I am, talking about the history of the magical world; having a myriad of incredible things happened which nothing has ever been like nor imagined; I'm sure you can imagine how excited I am. The book was divided into nine chapters, each has their own story: the first one is "the Journey", allows you to travel among the magical world; and once you are "warmed up", there comes the main story which is the courses. Starting with Potions and Alchemy, then Herbology, Charms, Astronomy, Divination, Defence Against The Dark Arts, and Care of Magical Creatures. The last chapter was written as a summary. There were some pictures labelled as "kept in the British Library" which I doubt whether if it was true. However, the whole story is made up of myriad essays and paragraphs and each one of them is combined with as least one picture. This could help the readers (me personally) a lot, not just helping to comprehend, but also keep the story from getting boring. Since the book had been so ingenious in both setting and characterization, thus if I were to mark this book I would undoubtedly give 100. -@tiny_astronaut of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Oct 23, 2019

Like a museum exhibit put into book form. Very interesting!

Jun 20, 2019

i own this book. still amazing in my world tho!

Jan 07, 2019

I love these side books that add depth to the world of Harry Potter!

Dec 14, 2018

I love Harry potter and i love history and magic

Sep 06, 2018

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