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Old 10-28-2017, 07:11 PM
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Post J.K. Rowling discusses Nicolas Flamel, Avada Kedavra origins in Harry Potter BBC2 doc

A new glimpse into the new Harry Potter: A History of Magic docmeuntary was released by BBC Two, in which J.K. Rowling reveals a very early dream and memory she had of alchemist Nicolas Flamel while writing Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone over 20 years ago. That, as well as her thoughts on children's grasp and understanding of magic, can be watched below.

A second clip, introduced by Harry Potter films' star David Thewlis (Remus Lupin) reading a quote from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, delves into the history of the Killing Curse, Avada Kedavra, and Rowling's notes on that.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic airs on BBC Two this Saturday evening at 9pm GMT. No word yet on when it will broadcast in other countries outside the UK.






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J.K. Rowling: Magic is fascinating to me, clearly, because I've spent a lot of time writing about it. But I think that it connects to very important things about what it is to be human, and what human beings want, and what they believe. Children believe in magic because they're starting to make sense of and control their world. But I think we all have that inside us. The world is complex and largely unknowable, and although we've moved onto science, I think that we all, at heart, retain a certain amount of magical thinking.

I had a really vivid dream about Nicolas Flamel, during the writing of Philosopher's Stone. I dreamt that I was in his alchemist's studio and this kind of symbolism was all over his walls. I didn't even ask questions, I was just watching. Typical writer, just observing. Didn't even ask!

I've never seen anything quite like this before. I would imagine few people have.

It sounds so powerful, doesn't it, the Avada Kedavra? It's got a real force to it. It's Aramaic, I think. Well, that is genuinely the derivation of Abracadabra, not many people know that. That's where Abracadabra came from. It literally translates to 'may the thing be destroyed.'
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I have started to watch this fascinating documentary and I love it! I have loved the real history of magic since I was a little girl.The documentary is very well made.
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