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Journey Through A History of Magic | Bloomsbury, JK Rowling, British Library | Review

An irresistible romp through the history of magic, from alchemy to unicorns, ancient witchcraft to Harry's Hogwarts – packed with unseen sketches and manuscript pages from J.K. Rowling, magical illustrations from Jim Kay and weird, wonderful and inspiring artefacts that have been magically released from the archives at the British Library...Discover the truth behind making the Philosopher's Stone, create your very own potion and uncover the secret of invisible ink. - Goodreads
Must like A History of Magic, this paperback is a brilliant combination of fun facts about the Harry Potter series and real artefacts from the British Library. A Journey Through a History of Magic is very similar to A History of Magic, but aimed a younger audience. That didn't stop me buying a copy, however, and I thoroughly enjoyed flicking through it.



As well as pieces from the British Library, and pages of illustrations from Jim Kay and Olivia Gill, there are tidbits of information from JK Rowling and her writing process. These are also in the 'adult' version, but in addition to these great aspects there are little activities every so often. They give kids easy to follow instructions to create their own potions, invisible ink, and heaps more. I loved this more interactive approach to the book.



While it is aimed a younger readership, no matter what your age it's a great read, and I definitely recommend checking it out if you haven't already.


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