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  • Harry Potter: A History of Magic

  • An Audio Documentary
  • By: Pottermore Publishing, Ben Davies
  • Narrated by: Natalie Dormer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

The history of magic is as long as time and as wide as the world. In every culture, in every age, in every place and, probably, in every heart, there is magic. Harry Potter: A History of Magic reveals some of the hidden stories behind real-world magic and explores some of J.K. Rowling's magical inventions alongside their folkloric, cultural and historical forebears.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing for a HP fan

  • By Toria Phillips on 17-10-2018

A History of Magic

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-2019

I did like this audiobook, however, I was expecting more of a Bathilda Bagshot version as opposed to an actual history of magic. Other than that, it was interesting, informative and inspirational.

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

  • Read by Eddie Redmayne
  • By: J.K. Rowling, Newt Scamander
  • Narrated by: Eddie Redmayne
  • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440

A set textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since publication, Newt Scamander's masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world. Scamander's years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hardcore Nerds, Ahoy!

  • By Lucia on 25-03-2017

Disappointed but I still love it.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-11-2018

I say I’m disappointed but I think it’s because I expect so much from the series because I adore it and J. K. Rowling. Though the book was underwhelming, as it’s more of an informative book than a novel, I still loved it. I love learning about all the magical creatures, especially with Eddie Redmayne as Newt.

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Book 7

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 23 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,247
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,913
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,888

As he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid's motorbike and takes to the skies, leaving Privet Drive for the last time, Harry Potter knows that Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters are not far behind. The protective charm that has kept Harry safe until now is broken, but he cannot keep hiding. The Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything Harry loves and to stop him Harry will have to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes. The final battle must begin - Harry must stand and face his enemy....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you Stephen Fry

  • By Dannielle on 16-03-2016

Heart wrenching

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-09-2018

I’ve always loved the Harry Potter series but I don’t think I’ve ever connected with it as completely as when Stephen Fry read this book. Overall, perfection.

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  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Book 2

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,989
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,786
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,776

Harry Potter's summer has included the worst birthday ever, doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical flying car! Back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through empty corridors - and then the attacks start. Students are found as though turned to stone.... Dobby's sinister predictions seem to be coming true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Steven Fry is the perfect narrator

  • By Kate on 28-08-2016

Even better than the first!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-2018

Stephen Fry does it again - he makes J. K. Rowling’s words come to life and somehow made Chamber of Secrets even more amazing than I already knew it to be. I’m obsessed.

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Book 1

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,509
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,200
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,183

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stephen Fry was brilliant

  • By John on 19-09-2016

First Audiobook, ever!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-2018

I am so happy I purchased this as my first ever audiobook. Not only am I a fan of the Harry Potter series, I am also a big fan of Stephen Fry and I personally feel he made the story even better with his quirky style. The voices he created and just his way of reading J. K. Rowling’s words in general brought the story to life and I’m just absolutely in love.

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