What a lovely little treat! Announced today on Audible, actress Natalie Dormer has got quite a release coming out. If you love the magic and lore of the Harry Potter series, you’re gonna want to pick up this audio book – Harry Potter: A History of Magic. The book will focus on the real world while balancing J.K. Rowling‘s imaginative (or mostly informed) wizarding world. There’s a lot of treats in store!
The audiobook narrated by Dormer will take listeners through the history of magic, referencing artifacts and texts with magical origin. You’ll be able to hear about Smelly Nelly’s black moon crystal ball, learn about Chinese oracle bones and much, much more. The book will also include interviews from series narrators Jim Dale and Stephen Fry, illustrators Jim Kay and Olivia Lomenech Gill, and curators from the British Library and New-York Historical Society. Additionally, fans will be able to experience a special audio tour “to accompany the Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition at New-York Historical, featuring Dormer’s voice, will be available to ticketholders as a free Audible download, offering in-depth content on fascinating objects throughout the exhibition galleries.” How cool is that?
Ann Scantlebury , a development editor at Pottermore Publishing hyped up the book further. “In this audiobook we have been able to delve a little bit deeper to hear about scandals and intrigues, seven reasons why a werewolf might attack, a witch flying a broomstick backwards, and a cautionary tale of an exploding cauldron. Fans of Harry Potter are in for a treat too – Jim Dale, Stephen Fry, Jim Kay, and Olivia Lomenech Gill give us great insight and some fantastic stories of how they created their own interpretations of the Wizarding World.” Dormer herself gave praise to Rowling and her research. “I’ve always adored the Harry Potter books, but it wasn’t until I started speaking with the British Library’s curators – hearing about the various myths, legends and cultures that have helped shape the wizarding world – that I really began to appreciate the richness and depth of J. K. Rowling’s writing.”
If I lived in New York, I would be all over that tour. Witchcraft is something that has always been a part of my life. It’s always fascinating to learn about and continue to understand. There’s so much to learn! Shame they didn’t head out to Salem, Massachusetts though. But who knows, maybe they will! They plan to bring us magic from all over the world and I can’t wait to learn. Plus seeing how it influenced Harry Potter? I’m SO sold.
Check out the announcement video and cover below! What do you think of the audiobook? Are excited to listen? Be sure to come back to Geek Girl Authority for more from the Wizarding World. Harry Potter: A History of Magic can pre-ordered right now – HERE! Or wait till it goes on sale October 4th, 2018.
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