“Harry Potter: A History of Magic” Slated for October 30 from BBC

Viewers can celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and the real inspirations behind the beloved series in Harry Potter: A History of Magic (DVD: $14.98), slated for release on October 30 from BBC Worldwide Ltd.. Narrated by Imelda Staunton and featuring readings by other franchise actors including David Thewlis, Evanna Lynch, Warwick Davis, Miriam Margoyles, and Mark Williams, the documentary visits the real-life magical history behind J.K. Rowling’s beloved classics and includes footage from the British Library’s exhibition in London. Featuring interviews with Rowling as she examines the most exciting items on display and talks for the first time about her own personal drawings and drafts featured in the exhibition, the film is being released in conjunction with the official Harry Potter touring exhibition.