BBC Two Orders Harry Potter Documentary ‘A History Of Magic’

After working with author J.K.Rowling on adaptations of both The Casual Vacancy and her Strike novels (written under the pseudonym Robert Gailbraith), the BBC is returning to her seminal work: Harry Potter.

BBC Two has given the green-light to a one-off documentary to mark the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, which will explore the British Library’s exhibition Harry Potter: A History Of Magic.

The exhibition, which opens next month, features rare books and objects that captured the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories; as well as original drafts and drawings lent by J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter illustrator Jim Kay from their personal archives. The documentary will go behind the scenes of the exhibition as many of these items are put on display for the first time.

The BBC has secured access to J.K. Rowling for an interview in which she will, while giving new insight into her writing, talk about the personal items she has donated to the exhibition. The BBC one-off will also features readings from famous fans which playfully recreate some of the best loved spells, potions and magical moments from the Harry Potter series, It aims to explore the origins of the world of Hogwarts; from basilisks through to broomsticks.

Harry Potter: A History Of Magic is being produced for BBC Two by BBC Studios. Judeo Ho is the producer and director, while Janet Lee is the executive producer. It was commissioned for BBC Two by Patrick Holland, Controller of BBC Two, and Mark Bell, Head of Commissioning for BBC Arts.