Harry Potter by British Library

Harry Potter

An irresistible romp through the history of magic, from alchemy to unicorns, ancient witchcraft to Harry's Hogwarts – packed with unseen sketches and manuscript pages from J.K. Rowling, magical illustrations from Jim Kay and weird, wonderful and inspiring artefacts that have been magically released from the archives at the British Library. This spellbinding book takes readers on a journey through the Hogwarts curriculum, including Herbology, De...

Details Harry Potter

TitleHarry Potter
Release DateOct 20th, 2017
GenreFantasy, Magic

Reviews Harry Potter

  • Miranda Reads
    That's right.There's a Harry Potter exhibit. And it's a whole motherfudging ocean away. Deeeeeep Breaths. For those of you, like myself, simmering in a cauldron of jealous envy...well, at least we can still live vicariously through books. You can still experience (almost) all the wonder and magic of the History of Magic exhibit through one of the two souvenir books. This is the children's version - as noted by its soft cover and absence of the...
  • Trish
    2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of the very first Harry Potter book, the beginning of a magical journey for so many people around the world. There are a lot of interesting facts surrounding the author and how the story came to be, but there is another side: peoples‘ fascination with magic (spells, wands, certain animals, plants, ...) and the Harry Potter Exhibition at the British Library shows just that combination of what Ro...
  • Isa Cantos (Crónicas de una Merodeadora)
    Este fue un libro súper divertido de leer, sobre todo porque tienen un montón de material extra sobre el mundo de Harry Potter que nunca había visto la luz: ilustraciones de J. K. Rowling, manuscritos originales, escenas que fueron borradas, notas del editor, incluso una carta del guionista de todas las pelis. Además, Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History Of Magic nos cuenta las historias reales de muchos objetos y artefactos que han sido...
  • Barbara
    In 2017 'The British Library' mounted an exhibition called "Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic" to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter novel. This is a companion book to the library's presentation. Harry Potter fans will find much to like in this tribute, which is BEAUTIFUL to look at and FUN to read. The book contains a variety of wonderful tidbits related to the Harry Potter series. Exam...
  • David Schaafsma
    I was unable to attend the exhibition at the British Library on the occasion of the twentieth year since the 1997 release of the first Harry Potter volume. Well, a book about Harry Potter and magic, you say? Isn't a companion book on magic a bit redundant? Well, you have a point, but this is a lovely illustrated coffee table (paperback, which is to say affordable) commemorative version, the primary audience (appropriately, I guess) young people, ...
  • Barbara
    In 2017 'The British Library' mounted an exhibition called "Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic" to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter novel. This is a companion book to the library's presentation. Harry Potter fans will find much to like in this tribute, which is BEAUTIFUL to look at and FUN to read. The book contains a variety of wonderful tidbits related to the Harry Potter series. Exam...
  • Kristen
    4.5 I'm going to be honest, I think that if I read pretty much ANYTHING Harry Potter that I would like it. Even if it sucked pretty hardcore, I would probably like it to some degree. Anytime I am able to be back in the Harry Potter world, I am a happy girl.This book is a really cool mash-up of Harry Potter and history. I like that aspect because it really emphasizes how much thought and research went into the creation of the Harry Potter world. T...
  • Veronique
    Having bought the ‘adult’ version, I wasn’t going to get this one, thinking erroneously that it wouldn’t be as good. Silly really because I enjoyed it as much! At the base of it, the information is fundamentally the same but the layout has been adapted for a ‘younger’ audience in a very smart and beautiful way that people of all ages can appreciate. Once more you get details for all the subjects taught at Hogwarts, using documents and...
  • Jamie (The Kansan Reader)
    If you are like me and love Harry Potter, I suggest this book. It gives a great background on JK Rowling and has many of her drawings and planning of the books in it. It's awesome sauce.
  • Jess The Bookworm
    A great companion read for lovers of the Harry Potter series. This book goes through JK Rowling's inspirations for elements of her world building, taking us through the curriculum at Hogwarts, the characters and magical instruments used throughout.It includes sketches done by JK Rowling herself, showing us exactly what she pictured her characters to look like. It also has early drafts of certain chapters with all of the editing notes and her hand...
  • Delia Devin
    While I loved the tidbits from JK Rowling and found the historical facts of magic and witchcraft fascinating, I would love to understand the magical world, which Harry lives better. Like, where is that encyclopedia/History of Magic by Bathilda Bagshot we all want??But again, this is really beautiful and for someone who can't afford the illustrated editions, I was charmed by the beautiful drawings. My favorite has to be the Diagon Alley one.
  • Michael
    What a beautiful book. The illustrations are wonderful. The inside facts about how certain elements were created is a great touch.
  • Tereza Pecáková
    Jako jo, milá knížka... jestli jste praví potterheadi, asi byste si ji měli přečíst.Jestli jste ještě pravější potterheadi, tak většinu z těch obrázků a čmáranic od JKR už jste viděli kdysi dávno předávno na jejích prapůvodních webových stránkách, kde se daly najít v různých schovávačkách. Ale to už je asi tisíc let, takže počítám, že moc takových lidí není, nebo si to nepamatujou :DA ano, uznávám,...
  • Sara Planz
    Loved seeing where Rowling drew her inspiration and how she created this amazing world.
  • Sarah
    Fun collection, great for fans of Harry Potter who won't be able to visit the exhibition in the British Library in the foreseeable future. I'm a big enough fan to have read all of the books and seen all of the movies so this book had added details that I was not aware of. For the super fan this may be information that they are already privy to. I found it interesting.
  • Ailie Vuper
    While this was meant for a younger audience I absolutely loved reading about the history of the magical subjects and seeing what the British Library had put together for the 20 year celebration of Harry Potter. I smiled so much while reading this book and it was nice to delve back into the Potter universe for a bit! Every Harry Potter fan should check this out.
  • Valentina Christod
    You really don't need both. But I did
  • Melanie (meltheauror)
    My heart is full atm.I just had a wonderful/torturous day full of Harry Potter, having binge-watched the last 3 movies in the Harry Potter series.In an attempt to cheer myself up after that last (INTENSE) movie, I picked up this book, and I. Couldn't. Stop. Reading. It.The book is full of an amazing collection of annotations, drawings, deleted scenes and drafts of the HP books from J.K. Rowling's personal collection; it gives an AMAZING "historic...
  • Bianca
    Despite being an avid reader of the Harry Potter books I hadn't heard of this edition until I walked passed it in the local store. I didn't have particularly high hopes for it but ended up being pleasantly surprised. This book doesn't just take us through a history of magic in the HP world, but rather a worldwide history of magic that explains where JK Rowling got a lot of her inspiration from. I was hooked from the first page, and finished readi...
  • Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))
    I loved the deeper look at the Hogwarts subjects (my class would totally be Charms) and the interesting artifacts. The best part was seeing Rowling's handwritten pages - seeing the bridge from her mind to the world of Harry Potter was inspiring.
  • Vassiliki
    This is well worth the read!It contains lots of interesting historical tidbits that relate to Harry Potter, and more importantly, many pictures of handwritten notes, typed manuscripts, and character sketches by Rowling herself. One of my favourites (though I can't read her handwriting that well) is a table detailing various chapters from Order of the Phoenix, and another a deleted chapter of Hagrid talking to a Muggle version of Fudge.I recommend...
  • Rachael
    It's about Harry Potter so of course I'm going to enjoy it. I just felt that I knew most of this already especially as I've also read the other book of the exhibition, Harry Potter: A History of Magic. This seemed a little redundant as it didn't really tell me anything new. I would suggest that other readers choose just one of them to read.
  • Amy
    For some reason, I had a totally different notion of what this book was. Still an interesting read.
  • Dawnie
    Cute little book showing a background view into how Harry Potter was created with nice pieces of original drawing of how Rowling pictured the characters, the school ground, how she structured the plot for all books and how she came up with many of the elements of the story. If you are a big Potterhead? You will enjoy this book. I loved seeing the few inserts of the original scripts and scenes of the book, seeing how Rowling first imagined some mo...
  • Sarah
    Reading this was like walking through the exhibits of a detailed Harry Potter museum--which I guess is the idea. It actually contained information about J.K. Rowling's writing process and the inspiration for certain characters and places that I didn't already know, which is a huge feat. I loved seeing scans of Jo's original handwritten drafts of chapters and character sketches. Definitely worth buying if you're a Harry Potter super fan.
  • Sarah
    An excellent book to end the year on. Interesting and full of Harry Potter nostalgia. The best part were the copies of J.K. Rowling's pen and ink drawings from before the books were published.
  • Geo Kwnstantinou
    ο καλύτερος τρόπος να κλείσεις το challenge..harry potter!! λάτρεψα τα illustrations και τα διάφορα facts...(πολύ θα ήθελα να δω κ την έκθεση από κοντά..) λατρεύω κάτι τέτοια βιβλία!!
  • Maddie McKechnie
    Firstly, I am so happy this book exists. The British Library's "A History of Magic" exhibition is something I'd have loved to see in person, so thankfully this book was published to enable everyone to see the special treasures and artefacts from magical history. There's two main threads in this book, the first being a look back at historical artefacts from folklore and magic - such as The Ripley Scroll from the 16th century, which contains a reci...
  • Aimee
    I received a copy of A Journey Through a History of Magic from Bloomsbury Australia to review. This edition is, I think, a family edition and has some activities to try. I didn’t do any of the activities so obviously I can’t say how good they are or if they even worked.I don’t visit museums often but when I do I find myself getting bored easily and not reading all the information (if any) and it doesn’t help that there’s always a lot of...