To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of the game-changing Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, an hour-long documentary entitled Harry Potter: A History Of Magic is being shown on BBC2 at 9pm on October 28.
Its aim is to uncover "the real life traditions of magic at the heart of Harry Potter".
The BBC press office explains:
A thrilling journey through legends, belief and folklore, this film goes behind the scenes with the British Library as they search to tell that story through objects in their collection, in an ambitious new exhibition: Harry Potter: A History Of Magic.
J.K. Rowling, who is lending unseen manuscripts, drawings and drafts from her private archives (which will sit alongside treasures from the British Library, as well as original drafts and drawings from Jim Kay) talks about some of the personal items she has lent to the exhibition and gives new insight into her writing, looking at some of the objects from the exhibition that have fired her imagination.
Readings from famous fans playfully recreates some of the best-loved spells, potions and magical moments from the books, and, as we follow the process of the exhibition, we discover modern magic’s counterparts - from real life wandmakers to Quidditch enthusiasts.
Viewers will discover an unexpected relationship between magic, belief and science: from the Anglo-Saxon spells that cure MRSA to the so-called witches who pioneered contemporary medicine and the ancient stargazers who first mapped the wonders of the night sky.