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    The history of magic is as long as time and as wide as the world. In every culture, in every age, in every place and, probably, in every heart, there is magic.

    Harry Potter: A History of Magic reveals some of the hidden stories behind real-world magic and explores some of J.K. Rowling's magical inventions alongside their folkloric, cultural and historical forebears.

    Narrator Natalie Dormer and a host of experts will take you on an audio journey like no other; from ancient China, to a 14th-century apothecary's shop, on to the Salem witch trials and beyond. They delve into a rich body of writings about magic and explore intriguing artefacts to bring to life deep-rooted ideas of mysticism from around the world.

    Along the way, you can listen for handy tips on how to capture a basilisk, make yourself invisible or create your very own philosopher's stone. You'll hear about the dozens of drafts and drawings that went into J.K. Rowling's writing process and enjoy exclusive interviews with Jim Dale, Stephen Fry and illustrator Jim Kay, who all share their experiences of working on these incredible stories.

    The extraordinary and thought-provoking tales in this audiobook are perfect for anyone who wants to know a little more about magic and the wizarding world.

    In this audio documentary, Natalie Dormer takes you on a spellbinding exploration of the real-world history that influenced J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter stories. While not written by J.K. Rowling herself, nor taught by the slumbering Professor Binns, the documentary is inspired by the exhibition held at the British Library in 2017, which came to the New-York Historical Society in 2018. This audiobook is packed full of exclusive interviews, folkloric facts, and musings on intriguing artifacts and mysticism from around the world.

    Music composed by Patrick Neil Doyle

    Sound effects licensed from ProSound Effects 

    ©2018 J.K. Rowling/Pottermore Ltd. (P)2018 J.K. Rowling/Pottermore Ltd.

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    Très bon documentaire audio

    Super, très éducatif, un must pour tout fan d'HP. La narration de Nathalie Dormer est agréable.

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    • Kingsley
    • 08/10/2018

    Springboard to a history of our Muggle world

    Is this for a fan of Harry Potter? Maybe. Is it for a fan of Harry Potter who is also interested in the stranger side of world history? Definitely.

    The book is not exactly about HP, but uses the books as a spring board to talk about other things – mostly our real world history.

    It is a bit of Making of HP, filled with interviews from those involved in the book such as artists who drew the pictures and covers, and those that recorded the audiobooks, but that isn’t really the focus of the book. These are placed in between the main focus of the book: history.

    The book is really a history of ‘magic’ in our muggle world. So not talking about the ‘in universe’ magic, but looking at real life events. It uses HP to guide the discussion of our history, and also uses real world histories to give insight into how JKR wrote the books and incorporated real items, Latin roots, and history into her books. One example is 14th century apothecaries (potions masters) and what they used to create ‘magic’. They talk to experts on the apothecaries and discuss some of the ingredients they used, and what for. Unicorns horn and narwhal horn are discussed, for example. Some of the potions are shown to be completely useless, while others are discussed as actually having some good medical effects.

    The book uses each of the classes students take at Hogwarts as a launching board to discuss the history and beliefs associated with this teachings.

    A few other things (not an exhaustive list) discussed and expanded on:
    • Witch trials (the history of them, and discussions on how our view and tropes of witches developed – cauldrons, brooms etc.)
    • Magical creatures (real life unicorns and a real history of ‘unicorn’ hunting – although not quite what we image unicorns to be. Why are familiars always Owls, toads and cats?)
    • Charms and words like ‘abracadabra’, looking at where the words developed
    • Herbology (similar to magical creatures, but looking at strange things people have used plants for)
    • Other classes taken at Hogwarts – divination, astronomy, defense against the dark arts etc.
    • The real Nicholas Flemmel, Philosopher's stone

    There is a lot of ‘museum directors’ interviewed in this, filling out the histories, and discussions with people from British Libraries.

    There isn’t a whole lot of ‘new’ information here, but it is a collected and nicely packaged history, with lots of interviews and excerpts from the HP audiobooks. There is discussions of drawings or storyboards – either stuff JKR did while putting her story together or of official images in the were in the books, which would work much better for an ebook or physical version. An inclusion of a PDF with the discussed images would have been really nice, as without them you can be a little lost.

    Natalie Dormer does the main narration, around the interviews, putting them in context of the larger picture. She does really great with this. Very enjoyable to listen to, well paced and clear while keeping your attention. The interviews are generally really good. Occasionally there is an interview where the audio quality is lower but generally it is high quality.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 01/12/2018

    Why is there no PDF?

    There are so many things described that are hard to picture, especially since they may be one of a kind pieces. Knowing it was a walk through the exhibit, I expected there to be a pdf to help those of us who may never make it to the museum to see it. Natalie Dormer was an excellent narrator, a few of the guest speakers were so soft spoken that at times they were hard to hear even while increasing the volume.

    I enjoyed the book but was bummed that there weren't any pdfs to see some of the things that were described.

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    • A. Tennant
    • 08/10/2018

    buy a paper copy

    this book is not a very good audio experience- art work and visuals are constantly referenced, and while they are well described, the lack of their experience really makes a negative impact on enjoyment.

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    • fisherguy446
    • 19/10/2018

    Brilliant

    This book is really fantastic. Don’t be fooled by the title as this is a nonfiction book examining both the Harry Potter series and the origins of many of the mythological creatures and ideas presented. That being said this is well worth the 12 hour listen. If you have the physical copy of the book, you should know that this covers a vast amount of information that the books do not. There are tons of interviews with everyone involved with the project of creating the museum exhibits. There are also fascinating and revealing interviews with many of the people involved with making the books, including: both the American and the British audiobook Harry Potter narrators, the illustrator of the illustrated editions, the publishers in both America and Britain, and many others. In summary, I cannot emphasize enough how much I enjoyed this and would absolutely recommend it to anyone looking to gain more insight on the world of Harry Potter.

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    • Richard
    • 05/12/2018

    horrible audio leveling.

    the audio was way to unsteady hard to hear what the people were saying half the time.

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    • S. L. Christiansen
    • 19/12/2018

    Horrible Production

    One voice was loud and very clear. Another person was in a space with lots of echoes. There were 3 people that were recorded at a low volume and they were impossible for me to understand while I was driving. And on top of all that the primary narrator was constantly pausing when there was obviously neither a period nor a comma in the sentence being written. I was completely disappointed!!!!!

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    • SCM
    • 27/11/2018

    Very disappointing

    I've rarely been let down by a book as much as this one. It's not a Harry Potter Book (I didn't expect an HP fiction book, you'll see what I mean in my description), it's not even living within the Harry Potter world, it's an amalgam of academics and their studies trying, seemingly desperately to connect them to Harry Potter. They try their hardest to make connections and all too often they're taking a lot of effort into pounding a proverbial round peg into an academic square hole (pun intended). I consider myself a deep dive Harry Potter fan, who loves minutia, but this content is, I hate to say, mostly boring, even to me. To top off the indignation, whoever produced the audio portion did a terrible job in modulating the volumes. There are far too many times where an audible clear spoken voice gives way to an inaudible one so listening to this book in any environment other than a library is annoying in that large swaths of dialogue are missed due to drops in volume resulting in the need to "rewind" and raise the volume to hear what was missed, then of course stopping to lower it as the louder person starts to speak. Yes, some people speak less loudly and less clearly than others, but the volume portion can be compensated for by someone who cares to do so. I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks, and rarely do I consider asking for the Audible refund offer to be honored, I considered it for this one.

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    • Tasha
    • 04/10/2018

    An enjoyable making-of documentary of sorts

    An enjoyable making-of documentary of sorts in the vein of the Lord of the Rings behind the scenes documentaries, but in audio form. Accompanying images of the historical objects often referenced would make for a more complete experience. This is not a in-universe Hogworts textbook. It includes insights from illustrators, voice actors, historians, etc into the making of the Harry Potter Universe as well as historical accounts of magic, science and medicine.

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    • Toni Ann Winninger
    • 22/10/2018

    Variable presentation hard to hear some

    The material is fascinating but the presenters are uneven, As the various speakers changed I found I frequently had to change the volume in order to hear them. There was very little moderation in the recording for the soft spoken and I had to replay parts in order to understand them which became very annoying. Almost stopped listening numerous times even though I wanted to hear the material.

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    • N.L. Lewis
    • 04/10/2018

    Unfortunately very boring, but great narration

    If you can get past the first hours unbelievably boring rehash of the original books and how they were written, it gets better. If you are looking for a Harry Potter or Magical Creatures type story, you will be largely disappointed. This is the book version of the behind the scenes stuff on most movies that barely anyone watches.

    The saving grace is the great narration from Ms. Dormer and the original narrators, the rest is unfortunate.

    This seems like a sad money grab “behind the scenes” audiobook that is really just a boring historical description of a couple of museum events with historical artifacts, followed by a mixing of historical and magical anecdotes.

    If you do like the director narration on movies, than this book will be great for you.

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    • Lisa
    • 03/08/2019

    Sehr schönes Hörbuch - nicht ganz perfekt

    Das Hörbuch ist sehr schön gemacht. Auf jeden Fall etwas, das man immer wieder anhören kann und möchte.
    Nur eine Sache habe ich zu bemängeln: Die Lautstärke der Sprecher (in den "Interviewteilen") ist oft sehr unterschiedlich, sodass man während des Hörens immer wieder lauter/leiser stellen muss.

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    • Client d'Amazon
    • 04/12/2018

    Magical!

    The story, or rather history is fascinating! So many things we didn't know about magic are explained here. The magical world we were introduced to by JK Rowling is as wondrous as it has been since we first read of Harry Potter, the boy who lived. This is a truly magical experience!
    I also really enjoyed the performance! Not only is Natalie Dormer a great narrator, but all the interviews with actors, artists and museum curators (and more) are highly interesting and done in such a nice way!

    If I could give this audio book more than 5 stars, I would!

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    • infi
    • 20/12/2020

    "A History of Magic"

    It has literally nothing to do with Harry Potter. Calling it "Harry Potter a History of Magic " is just a way to sell this documentary better, because "Harry Potter" is a famous title. I would not recommend getting this if it is Harry Potter content that you are looking for.

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    • Regina
    • 17/09/2020

    Ein großartiges Buch

    Ein großartiges Buch.
    Sehr gut recherchiert und präsentiert. Es hat meine Begeisterung für Harry Potter noch vertieft,
    weil ich gelernt habe mit welche enormer Power
    und fundiertem Wissen
    die Bücher von J.K. Rowling geschrieben wurden. Eine
    absolute Hörempfehlung!

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    • Benjamin Hofer
    • 31/07/2019

    Ein großartiges Hörbuch

    Das ist ein fantastisches Hörbuch. Neben den vielen interessanten Fakten, wird das Buch durch die verschiedenen Sprecherinnen und Sprecher sowie die berührende Musik lebendig! Ein Muss für jeden Harry Potter-Fan!

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    • Laura Becker
    • 16/03/2021

    wunderschön erzählt

    Das Hörbuch ist wunderschön erzählt. viele verschiedene Sprecher und eine Unmenge an Informationen und Hintergründen zu der Magischen Welt von Harry Potter.