With the #BritishLibrary currently closed due to current #pandemic, they have made the “#HarryPotter: #AHistoryOfMagic” exhibit available online!
The online collection was highlighted as part of #HarryPotterAtHome by the Wizarding World franchise team, promoting ways to enjoy the Harry Potter series at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative also includes J.K. Rowling opening up licencing for teachers to read Harry Potter to their pupils online.
The exhibition originally opened at The British Library in London in 2017 as a result of a collaboration between #Pottermore (now known as Wizarding World Digital), The British Library, and #Bloomsbury.
The exhibition includes historical artifacts related to magical topics, including:
- The six-meter long Ripley Scroll, which is a recipe for making the fabled Philosopher’s Stone as seen in the first book “Harry Potter and the #PhilosophersStone”, a.k.a., “Harry Potter and the #SorcerersStone”.
- Old drawings
- Synopses created by J.K. Rowling herself when she was writing Harry Potter.
- Jim Kay’s work for the illustrated editions of the Harry Potter series.
The collection is divided — like the original exhibition — into various subjects, most of which are taught at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry:
- Defense Against the Dark Arts
- Care of Magical Creatures
#HarryPotter author J.K. Rowling was done with fans mispronouncing the first name of her character Hermione Granger, but how to solve the problem?
J.K. Rowling cleverly decided to make the pronunciation crystal clear in the fourth book series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which was first published in 2000.
In Chapter 23, “The Yule Ball”, Hermione teaches Bulgarian Quidditch star Viktor Krum the correct way to articulate her first name (Her-My-Oh-Nee). By doing so, the fans would get it right too!
J.K. Rowling confirmed a fan theory on Twitter Tuesday, after a user suggested that the scene was included solely “to school all of us who were saying HER-MY-OWN like Viktor Krum.”
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.”