J K Rowling reveals the inside scoop on her wizarding world in Harry Potter: A History of Magic

They’re the fastest-selling books in history. But what inspired these enchanting worlds?

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Harry Potter - A History of Magic on BBC Select

From shrieking mandrakes, to sorting hats, to the mystery of ancient Chinese oracle bones, the world of Harry Potter has cast a spell on readers around the globe.

In this BBC documentary the author of the world-famous Harry Potter books, JK Rowling, invites us into her private archive of historical magic to reveal a trove of delights never before seen by muggles’ eyes.

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