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BBC Documentary to Air on the History of Magic to Mark Potter Anniversary

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A BBC documentary on the History of Magic from the world of Harry Potter is to air on BBC 2. Harry Potter: A History of Magic will show as part of an Arts series that takes a look at the lives of artists and their inspiration.

The series will follow the 20th anniversary exhibition at the British Library starting in late October where the public will be able to access ancient texts, artefacts and artwork. The documentary will unveil all things magical, the history and myths that inspired the Potterverse, magical objects and the folklore at the heart of the Harry Potter series. Read More

Books Will Take to the Skies Thanks to Easyjet’s “Flybraries”

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Long haul flights can be a drag for adults, but it’s even harder for young children to endure hours of boredom in silence. Recognizing this problem, EasyJet has come up with a brilliant solution that not only entertains kids, but also encourages them to read. Earlier this year in July, EasyJet has introduced “Flybraries”, which will see over 7,000 books take to the skies in 147 planes. Read More

Idris Elba Supports International Literacy Day 2017

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Recently, British actor Idris Elba read us a bedtime story in his role as Project Literacy Ambassador for International Literacy Day 2017. The story he read was another take on the classic children’s tale, Chicken Little.

‘Pong-Pong The Brave’ was written by a dedicated mother, Wanda Steward, from Philadelphia, USA, for her children.

The story behind how and why Wanda rewrote Chicken Little will touch your heart, and hopefully spark your interest in supporting any local literacy projects near you.

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Unseen Winnie the Pooh Sketches Released

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It’s an exciting time for the little bear who loves hunny! A brand new film ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ is due for release and now BBC Radio 4 has released some unseen sketches of Winnie the Pooh showing how the first book came to fruition.

As the video explains, in the first sketches Pooh was considered to be a grumpy looking figure, which meant the whole thing just didn’t work. In the end, Milne took inspiration from the real Christopher Robin’s teddy bear, creating the first sketches of the bear we can all recognise on sight. Read More

Potter Fans Gather at King’s Cross for ’19 Years Later’

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Harry Potter fans will well remember the epilogue in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows where the gang reassemble at Platform 9 ¾ to wave off their own children to Hogwarts for the first time. Well, this may come as a shock, but ‘19 years later’, is 1st September 2017, the date in the book that the next generation go off to school and Harry Potter fans are celebrating in style! Read More

Australian Kids Impress With Their 2017 Book Week Costumes

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The best thing about Book Week and World Book Day is the creativity and passion that goes into the costumes. This month it was Australia’s turn to don their costumes and show off their favourite books. From Frida Kahlo to Mary Poppins, the range of stunning costumes is so impressive- the rest of the Book Week participants have a lot to live up to!

Take a peek at some of our favourite costumes we have found while scouring the ‘net…

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Tom Hardy Back for Final Book at Bedtime

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Tom Hardy has read several children’s bedtime stories for the BBC run CBeebies channel for small children. The show has a final slot called ‘Book at Bedtime’ and this slot is often filled by celebrity readers. Hardy read the New Year slot, accompanied by his dog Woodstock and then appeared again in 2017. This month, Tom Hardy is back for his final bedtime story and this one will be a tribute to his dog. Read More

UK Department Store Stocking for a Harry Potter Christmas

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British budget department store Primark is about to make all your dreams come true with a range of Harry Potter Christmas baubles and decorations. The Christmas trees at Hogwarts are a sight to behold and most of us have a fairly strong visual image of Hagrid putting them all into place. Sadly Primark isn’t promising real live fairies, or Hagrid to deliver the tree, but you could still have a magical Christmas and without breaking the bank too! Read More

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Two New Harry Potter Books Coming in Time for Anniversary Exhibition

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If you didn’t already know (have you been hiding under a rock?) this year celebrates twenty years since the release of the very first book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. This October, the British Library is celebrating with an exhibition to open on 20th October and with it comes two new books about the series! Read More

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Iconic Albums Reimagined With a Harry Potter Twist…

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MTV, with the help of The Old Red Jalopy Shophave created these odd-but-imaginative recreations of iconic albums with a Harry Potter twist.

Unfortunately the MTV website no longer shows the images but we have managed to grab them and pop them together here before they left the internet. We’d hate for you to miss out on this Harry Potter inspired treat.

Take a gander at these beauties and let us know what you think!

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