Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

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, Fiction

Reviews Harry Potter

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Sara Planz
    Loved seeing where Rowling drew her inspiration and how she created this amazing world.
  • 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.
  • Valentina Christod
    You really don't need both. But I did
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Leonie Byrne
    For those who don’t know, this year The British Library are hosting a special exhibition, which serves to celebrate 20 years since the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. To accompany the exhibition, two books have been released and the first one I’ve read is this companion guide, A Journey Through A History of Magic. First off I’d like to highlight that this is a beautiful book in itself. Filled with full colour illu...
  • 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...
  • Nancy
    Finally done! Took me long enough, eh? That's what I get for just looking at this on slow work days.Anyway, this is interesting enough, but obviously geared toward a younger audience. I'd love to get my hands on the full exhibition book.
  • Ren (A Bookish Balance)
    A Journey Through A History of Magic is the shorter, more condensed version of A History of Magic. I actually preferred this one to A History of Magic. You can see my full review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbUtJ...
  • Chelsey
    Really disappointed. Not worth the price tag.
  • Aimee
    Review to come.
  • Natalie
    I loved this. You get to read some of JK's drafts and there's a lot of old fun facts about the magic world in general.
  • Olga Zbranek Biernátová
    K 20. výročí vydání Harryho Pottera a Kamene mudrců probíhá v British Library obrovská výstava, která si klade za úkol propojit kouzelný svět J. K. Rowlingové se skutečnou historií magie. Kromě starých rukopisů a čarodějnických artefaktů nabízí i vybrané ilustrace Jima Kaye a útržky ze sbírky samotné autorky – rukou psané kapitoly, malůvky různých postav, nástin redigování textů… V rámci výstavy pak vz...
  • Michael
    What a beautiful book. The illustrations are wonderful. The inside facts about how certain elements were created is a great touch.
  • Rebecca
    The British Library is having an exhibit called "Harry Potter: A History of Magic" (https://www.bl.uk/events/harry-potter...) and this kids' book accompanies it. Honestly, this is one of those ideas that is so good, it seems surprising that it hasn't been done yet. Artifacts from the BL and private collections connect the Hogwarts curriculum to real pieces of myth, folklore, and history (the philosopher's stone; bezoars; medicinal plants; etc). I...
  • Ene Sepp
    Oeh, kuidas ma soovin, et see raamat eesti keeles ka ilmuks. Vahet pole, et ingliskeelne eksemplar juba olemas on, ma ostaksin riiulisse veel ühe. Kuna ma olen jõudnud NaNoWriMo raames juba 15 000 sõna kirja panna, siis preemiaks oli väike külastus raamatupoodi ja nii kui ma seda raamatut nägin, siis teadsin, et sellega ka väljun.Väga huvitav sissevaade Harry Potteri maailma. Räägitakse lahti nii mõnegi asja taustalugu, kuid minu jaoks...
  • Colona Public Library
    This is the perfect read for any Harry potter fan. The illustrations were amazing and there were even illustrations done by J.K. Rowling herself when she first had the idea for the book series. Also included are rough draft pages from J.K. Rowling written on notebook paper. On page 19 there are potion making activities. In this book you learn more in-depth some references from the books. Included are some historical references that Rowling used f...
  • Genna Imogen
    A wonderfully fascinating book that gives insight and access to the incredible exhibition for those unable to attend firsthand. I admit I burst into tears upon finishing it, having read original material from J.K.Rowling in the form of first drafts, plans, and synopses, as well as seeing original character drawings. I haven’t felt as incredible an emotion like his since I first finished Deathly Hallows. This book further grounded the world of H...
  • hpboy13
    This is the rare bit of Potter paraphernalia that is absolutely worth shelling out money for, and not just because it looks nice on your bookshelf. A recreation of the British Library museum that I desperately want to see, it blends real historical artifacts with drafts of the Potter books. It’s this last bit that makes it so totally worth it; eagle-eyed HP fans will jump at the chance to see the development of their favorite books. I know I to...
  • Phil
    Depending upon the speed at which you walk through museum exhibits, you may find this book either a leisurely stroll through magical history or a watered-down, though still enjoyable, version of the British Library collection. My favorite parts were the pieces from Rowling's own archives, often handwritten alongside her own illustrations. From a historical perspective, the references to 15th Center witches and medieval beasts are glancing, but I ...
  • Catherine Ryan
    I've been a fan of the Harry Potter series for nearly 17 years now, and it's helped me through many dark times, as well as helping me find the most awesome bunch of "on-line friends" around! But this book (and it's companion book) is absolutely glorious, full of interesting artifacts and information that inspired Rowling to write the best-selling books. Lots and lots of pictures of "old stuff" relating to magic, hand-drawn and hand-written inform...
  • Emily
    I was expecting this to be good. I'll read anything about the Wizarding World. But I was astonished at how amazing this book is. Well, it's kind of a book. Kind of a pamphlet. Kind of a textbook. Basically, this book is divided into sections based on classes taken at Hogwarts. Within each section, you will find information about that actual magical practice through history (not factionalized Harry Potter history, but actual history of our world),...
  • Corinne
    This book stirred the curiosity that captured me two decades ago! This book is peppered with tidbits about magic in history, drawings and early drafts from J.K. Rowling, and beautiful art. While I read this straight through, it will long have a spot on my coffee table as it is a great book to browse and casually read.
  • Jenny
    This was a great collection of information, as well as some amazing illustrations! I especially loved the drafts and drawings in Jo's handwriting!