A documentary entitled “#HarryPotter A History of Magic” was aired on BBC 2 in the U.K. in 2017. The documentary was created in connection with the 20th anniversary of the release of the first book (published in the U.K. in 1997), as well as the opening of an exhibit of the same name in the British Museum.
For those who haven’t seen the documentary, it can be watched in its entirety (with a lot of randomly inserted ads) on the DailyMotion website:
The documentary includes J.K. Rowling and several actors who appeared in the Harry Potter movies:
- Warwick Davis
- Evanna Lynch
- Miriam Margolyes
- David Thewlis
- Mark Williams
The documentary is also narrated by Imelda Staunton.
Copies of documentary have been released on DVD, but they are only Region 2, meaning that they won’t play on typical blu-ray or DVD players sold in the United States. You would need a blu-ray or DVD player capable fo playing Region 2 DVD’s in order to watch it. Hence, we didn’t include any links of where to purchase the Region 2 DVD, but anyone interested can google it.
#HarryPotter author & creator #JKRowling has received a rare honor from Buckingham Palace: she is now a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour, which was first established by King George V in 1917 & can only be given to 65 people at one time.
The Order of the Companions of Honour is a reward for outstanding achievements in the arts, literature, music, science, politics, industry or religion. It consists of the sovereign, plus no more than 65 Companions of Honour. 45 members could be from the United Kingdom, 7 from Australia, 2 from New Zealand and 11 from other Commonwealth realms. Foreigners from outside the realm can be added as “honorary members”. While membership confers no title or precedence, recipients of this one-class order are entitled to use the post-nominal letters “CH”.
Other Companions of Honor include:
- Dame Judi Dench
- Stephen Hawking
- Peter Higgs
- Sir Ian McKellen
The Order of the Companions of Honour is second only to the Order of Merit, which is awards to people who have made ‘major contributions to the arts, science, medicine, or government lasting over a long period of time’.
J.K. Rowling to launch a book club for #HarryPotter called the “Wizarding World Book Club” in June, 2017 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the release of her first book, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” (a.k.a., “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”).
The club’s goal is to “create a global community of Harry Potter readers who are communicating with each other as they are reading the same book, at the same time.” J.K. Rowling’s publishing arm, Pottermore, also states that the book club “aims to surprise and delight those who have never read a Harry Potter book, as well as returning readers who want to join the conversation.”