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Natalie Dormer to Narrate Audio Original, Harry Potter: A History of Magic


Audiobook Now Available for Exclusive Pre-Order at

Audible also to release a free audio tour of the New-York Historical
Society exhibition of the same name, featuring Dormer's voice

, the world's largest seller and producer of downloadable
audiobooks and other spoken-word entertainment, today announced the
forthcoming release of Harry Potter: A History of Magic,
published by Pottermore Publishing. An original non-fiction audiobook
that 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. The recording reflects the
exhibition of the same name which ran at the British Library last year
and will run at the New-York Historical Society in the United States
October 5, 2018 – January 27, 2019, with a selection of objects not
featured in London that are on view to the public for the very first
time. Narrated by Natalie Dormer, whose stage and screen roles include
Margaery Tyrell in Game of Thrones and Cressida in The Hunger
, Harry Potter: A History of Magic will release on
October 4th and is currently available for preorder
exclusively at

Throughout Harry Potter: A History of Magic, Dormer leads
listeners through an audio journey like no other, delving into
real-world magical texts and artifacts. From Ethiopian charms and
Chinese oracle bones, to the story of Nicolas Flamel and Smelly Nelly's
black moon crystal ball, listeners will be transfixed by tales of
magical history and mystical traditions from all over the world, many of
which they will recognize from the Harry Potter books that they know and
love. Featuring exclusive interviews with series narrators Jim Dale and
Stephen Fry, illustrators Jim Kay and Olivia Lomenech Gill, and curators
from the British Library and New-York Historical Society, Harry
Potter: A History of Magic
illuminates both the Wizarding World and
the creative process behind the development of the beloved Harry Potter

"I've always adored the Harry Potter books, but it wasn't until I
started speaking with the British Library's curators – hearing about the
various myths, legends and cultures that have helped shape the wizarding
world – that I really began to appreciate the richness and depth of J.
K. Rowling's writing," said Dormer. "There are so many wonderful details
to explore and A History of Magic unearths some remarkable gems
of information that are sure to have listeners awestruck. It's been fun
to join the Wizarding World family."

"From the first time we spoke to the curators at the British Library and
the New-York Historical Society, it was clear that the magical artifacts
in the exhibition held so many hidden stories," said Ann Scantlebury,
Development Editor at Pottermore Publishing. "In this audiobook we have
been able to delve a little bit deeper to hear about scandals and
intrigues, seven reasons why a werewolf might attack, a witch flying a
broomstick backwards, and a cautionary tale of an exploding cauldron.
Fans of Harry Potter are in for a treat too – Jim Dale, Stephen Fry, Jim
Kay, and Olivia Lomenech Gill give us great insight and some fantastic
stories of how they created their own interpretations of the Wizarding

"We are thrilled to offer Audible listeners the opportunity to enjoy a
brilliant performance of yet another essential component of the
Wizarding World," said Audible EVP and Publisher Beth Anderson.
"Natalie's narration and the wealth of informative and inspiring
interviews really bring listeners deep into the rich magical heritage of
the Harry Potter stories and beyond. Ever since we first made the Harry
Potter series available in Audible 2015, they have been consistently
among the highest rated and most listened to audiobooks in our store."

A special audio tour to accompany the Harry Potter: A History of
exhibition at New-York Historical, featuring Dormer's voice,
will be available to ticketholders as a free Audible download, offering
in-depth content on fascinating objects throughout the exhibition


, an, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is the leading
provider of premium digital spoken audio content, offering customers a
new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible was created
to unleash the emotive music in language and the habituating power and
utility of verbal expression. Audible content includes more than 425,000
audio programs from leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters,
entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business
information providers. Audible is also the provider of spoken-word audio
products for Apple's iTunes Store.


Pottermore Publishing is the global digital publisher of the Harry
 and Fantastic Beasts series as well
as other audiobooks and eBooks from the Wizarding World. It aims to lead
the way in innovative digital publishing and to bring new generations of
readers together with long-standing fans, celebrating and bringing to
life the stories that first began with the Boy Who Lived.

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