A New ‘Harry Potter’ Documentary Is Coming to BBC
Since we’re all stuck inside amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this is the perfect opportunity for Potterheads to dive back into J.K. Rowling’s magical Wizarding World. With seven books, eight films, games and spinoff series, Harry Potter might be the one thing that gets you through self-quarantine and social distancing.
Once you get to through the story of the Boy Who Lived, you can pivot to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is essentially a war epic centering the Dumbledore family.
Though the next installment of the Wizarding World doesn’t hit theaters until 2021, there are still many ways to get into some magic, BBC is even bringing a Harry Potter documentary to our TVs soon.
‘Harry Potter’ fans are taking Hogwarts classes at home
In addition to news about this sensational documentary, Potterheads have been thrilled to take Hogwarts classes at home, through Harry Potter Is Here.
The platform lets you take a deep-dive into what it means to be a First-Year student at Hogwarts and beyond. You can take classes like Astronomy, Charms, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Herbology, History of Magic, Potions, and Transfiguration and you can even enter into the Head Boy or Head Girl.
The game goes from Fiest Year all the way until Seventh-Year, so you have plenty of time to master your O.W.L.S. before it’s safe to step outside again.
BBC’s new ‘Harry Potter’ documentary will focus on fantastic beasts
In addition to Hogwarts Is Here, fans can also look forward to the new BBC documentary on magical beasts. “This spellbinding BBC One special will take viewers on an incredible journey from the hidden corridors of London’s Natural History Museum to the frozen steppes of Siberia and secret caves of Madagascar,” the BBC statement reads. “From centaurs to Nifflers, birds of paradise to the Phoenix, 11,000 year-old woolly rhinos to the Erumpent and giant squid to the Zouwu, the gripping stories and surprising science behind specimens in the Natural History Museum is a global journey of discovery drawing parallels between the real world and the fabulous worlds of mythology and literature – including elements which will be immediately recognisable to fans of Warner Bros. Fantastic Beasts film series.”
Inside BBC’s ‘Fantastic Beasts: A Natural History’
Though many of Rowling’s fantastic made-up magical creatures will undoubtedly appear in the film, it won’t completely be fantastical.
“Narrated by Stephen Fry and made by BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit, Fantastic Beasts: A Natural History (working title) will take viewers into the Natural History Museum, drawing parallels between creatures like the extinct wooly rhino and the Erumpent, a magical beast from the world of Harry Potter, ” Deadline is reporting. “The documentary will also feature the Natural History Museum’s exhibition, titled Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder Of Nature, which opens in spring this year.”
BBC is obviously thrilled to be merging history wand magic. “The BBC is world-renowned for its amazing natural history programming, and it is a delight to bring the natural world and wizarding world together on BBC One,” Charlotte Moore, the BBC director of content said in a statement.
BBC has not yet revealed a release date for the project, but we’re hoping it will drop soon.