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Harry Potter: A History of Magic

An Audio Documentary
Narrateur(s): Natalie Dormer
Durée: 11 h et 39 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (115 évaluations)

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Description

The history of magic is as long as time and as wide as the world. In every culture, in every age, in every place and, probably, in every heart, there is magic.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic reveals some of the hidden stories behind real-world magic and explores some of J.K. Rowling's magical inventions alongside their folkloric, cultural and historical forebears.

Narrator Natalie Dormer and a host of experts will take you on an audio journey like no other; from ancient China, to a 14th-century apothecary's shop, on to the Salem witch trials and beyond. They delve into a rich body of writings about magic and explore intriguing artefacts to bring to life deep-rooted ideas of mysticism from around the world.

Along the way, you can listen for handy tips on how to capture a basilisk, make yourself invisible or create your very own philosopher's stone. You'll hear about the dozens of drafts and drawings that went into J.K. Rowling's writing process and enjoy exclusive interviews with Jim Dale, Stephen Fry and illustrator Jim Kay, who all share their experiences of working on these incredible stories.

The extraordinary and thought-provoking tales in this audiobook are perfect for anyone who wants to know a little more about magic and the wizarding world.

Music composed by Patrick Neil Doyle

Sound effects licensed from ProSound Effects 

©2018 J.K. Rowling/Pottermore Ltd. (P)2018 J.K. Rowling/Pottermore Ltd.

A Message from Natalie Dormer

Natalie Dormer invites you to take an audio journey through the history of real-life magic.
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Almost perfect

Would have been perfect if Tanya Kirk hadn’t giggled or laughed every time she spoke- it took away from the respect of the subject.

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Tanya Kirk laughs way too much

Great book, very interesting. All the narrators are wonderful EXCEPT Tanya Kirk. Every time she speaks she laughs in the clip and it’s incredibly irritating. Everyone else is taking this seriously but it’s almost as if she thinks all of this is a big joke, especially when it comes to topic of what they used to do in the past- it’s as if she is making fun of them for thinking that way/ testing something out. Yet the tone of the book is that science stemmed from witchcraft.

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Brought me back to the wizard of world

Probably better with the different people help narrate the book, although seeing all the visuals would’ve been nice. This is a nice way to get back into the magic that is Harry Potter. I’ll probably go pick up my copies of the series for a reread now.

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Fantastic audiobook...one con!

The only complaint I have about this audiobook is having to listen to Julian Harrison. He sounds horrible- his tone is so sharp, it really hurts the ears and is not a soothing voice in the least. It really ruined the parts he discussed, it was that bad.

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Lacking, but still magical

Extremely interesting. Definitely not only for Harry Potter fans- this is a great historical summary of the history of magic in our world, as well as how it relates to the world of Harry Potter.
However, if you only read the book without listening to the audiobook, you are missing fantastic insights and interviews from narrators, illustrators, curators, historians, actors, and many more; similarly, only listening to the audiobook, I got the gist of the items and illustrations that were mentioned but felt I missed out. Overall, I would say having hard copy while listening to the audio would be ideal, but it is still a great book alone.

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Did not think this was a history of the real world

Was expecting a history of the magic world of Harry Potter but instead, I got a history of wizardry throughout our history with the museum of history of London and New York.
But the worst part is the slytherin voice of Julien Harrison which made my ears sizzle. Always whispering and making thundering s sounds after each Word... I skipped his parts at the END!

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Awesome History with a great voice

This was a match made in heaven! Natalie Doormer AND Harry Potter?! If you love Harry Potter and need a great female voice to narrate to you JK Rowling’s awesome lore and history; then this is the audiobook for you!

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An audiobook about an exhibition. It's the worst.

Listen to people talk about old artifacts and illustrators talk about their amazing artwork without seeing any of it. J.K. Rowling never makes an appearance to talk about her own books but instead we have other people talk about what she might be thinking with her early drafts and her writing process. To be clear, this is a book about the exhibition and the items they have along with it and the artists for the illustrated versions of Harry Potter. This is not a deep dive in Harry Potter lore but rather a 10 hour conversation about our own history of humanity's obsession with magic with the Harry Potter name slapped on to make sales. The only saving grace is Natalie Dormer's beautiful voice.

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Love all of this information on the books

My only hesitation is that there are a few additional guests, but two guests speaking were so annoying to listen too. Natalie Dormer does an amazing job, but one woman laughs way to much while trying to explain things, and another woman has absolutely no character to her voice. It’s very bland to listen to during her recordings.
I wish it was all read by Natalie.

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Amazing 🔮

Really loved listening to this. As a lifelong fan of everything Harry Potter and I couldn't stop listening to all of the interesting history behind it all.

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2019-01-08

Très bon documentaire audio

Super, très éducatif, un must pour tout fan d'HP. La narration de Nathalie Dormer est agréable.

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  • fisherguy446
  • 2018-10-19

Brilliant

This book is really fantastic. Don’t be fooled by the title as this is a nonfiction book examining both the Harry Potter series and the origins of many of the mythological creatures and ideas presented. That being said this is well worth the 12 hour listen. If you have the physical copy of the book, you should know that this covers a vast amount of information that the books do not. There are tons of interviews with everyone involved with the project of creating the museum exhibits. There are also fascinating and revealing interviews with many of the people involved with making the books, including: both the American and the British audiobook Harry Potter narrators, the illustrator of the illustrated editions, the publishers in both America and Britain, and many others. In summary, I cannot emphasize enough how much I enjoyed this and would absolutely recommend it to anyone looking to gain more insight on the world of Harry Potter.

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  • Tasha
  • 2018-10-04

An enjoyable making-of documentary of sorts

An enjoyable making-of documentary of sorts in the vein of the Lord of the Rings behind the scenes documentaries, but in audio form. Accompanying images of the historical objects often referenced would make for a more complete experience. This is not a in-universe Hogworts textbook. It includes insights from illustrators, voice actors, historians, etc into the making of the Harry Potter Universe as well as historical accounts of magic, science and medicine.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-12-01

Why is there no PDF?

There are so many things described that are hard to picture, especially since they may be one of a kind pieces. Knowing it was a walk through the exhibit, I expected there to be a pdf to help those of us who may never make it to the museum to see it. Natalie Dormer was an excellent narrator, a few of the guest speakers were so soft spoken that at times they were hard to hear even while increasing the volume.

I enjoyed the book but was bummed that there weren't any pdfs to see some of the things that were described.

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  • brian
  • 2018-10-04

Not what I was expecting, though some parts were g

I was expecting an audio book take on the in-universe A History of Magic, only to find a behind the scenes at what inspired Harry Potter. Disappointed, though the interview segments were a nice touch.

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  • N.L. Lewis
  • 2018-10-04

Unfortunately very boring, but great narration

If you can get past the first hours unbelievably boring rehash of the original books and how they were written, it gets better. If you are looking for a Harry Potter or Magical Creatures type story, you will be largely disappointed. This is the book version of the behind the scenes stuff on most movies that barely anyone watches.

The saving grace is the great narration from Ms. Dormer and the original narrators, the rest is unfortunate.

This seems like a sad money grab “behind the scenes” audiobook that is really just a boring historical description of a couple of museum events with historical artifacts, followed by a mixing of historical and magical anecdotes.

If you do like the director narration on movies, than this book will be great for you.

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  • C. Soto
  • 2018-10-04

Didn't read the summary - fail on my part

I was expecting the story of magic in terms of the world of Harry Potter. Not the "magic" of how Harry Potter got published, how real life history helped shape the books, and basically a collection of interesting facts. I guess it could be said that the cover image is misleading in that it should had been obvious that people would jump to the same conclusion that I did.

Natalie Dormer has a magical voice and is very easy on the ears. Also, the guest speakers are mostly decent. I am not saying that the audiobook is bad. It just was not what I was expecting and if I had not pre-ordered it, then during the "sample" I would have listen to the truth.

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  • John
  • 2018-11-10

storyline is good, narration however is very poor

I enjoyed reading the book and learned a lot about the background stories of many of the features in the Harry Potter series. there's a lot of historical background to what we saw Harry Potter encounter and that history is what interested me the most. JK Rowling did a spectacular job of explaining where some of these ideas came from and the historical background. I thought that the narration for the most part was good but there was narration by Julian Harrison that irritated my eardrums. The sound volume went up and down and was not modulated for listening because one had to turn up and down the volume whenever Julian Harrison spoke his wispy, whispering voice. He sounded like he was speaking into the corner of a room. most irritating.

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  • Lisa
  • 2018-10-08

It is a History of Magic

This is great for History buffs, this is a History of Magic and how JK Rowling used it to help shape her books. Natalie Dormer has a great voice and accent, lots of people from different fields speak as well, very interesting.

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  • jazper
  • 2018-10-04

I wanted the actual history of magic..

this is boring dry listening not even on par with quidditch through the ages or fantastic beasts and where to find them quite disappointed. it's like a documentary on the publishing history.

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  • Zorlac
  • North Carolina
  • 2018-12-23

Love the content. Hate the narration.

To be brutally honest every time Julian Harrison speaks it completely takes me out of the book. his voice is completely atrocious for this type of material. he goes out of his way to whisper everything and try to sound placid but in the end it makes anything he says nearly impossible to hear and understand. I have to turn my volume twice as high as usual just to be able to listen to him.

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