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A New 'Fantastic Beasts' Documentary Is Coming To BBC One

A New 'Fantastic Beasts' Documentary Is Coming To BBC One

Potterheads, rejoice - the Wizarding World is calling.

A brand-new Fantastic Beasts documentary is coming to BBC One, presented by none other than national treasure Stephen Fry.

Based on the Harry Potter spin-off, and enitled Fantastic Beasts: A Natural History, the documentary will journey into JK Rowling's magical world to examine her creation of mythical beasts, alongside a number of real-world creatures that are just as mind-boggling.

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By moving between the realms of fiction and non-fiction, and comparing the extraordinary with the everyday, the acclaimed presenter will show that 'magical' animals exist under our noses.

Fry previously narrated all seven of the UK versions of 'Harry Potter' audio books (Credit: PA Images)
Fry previously narrated all seven of the UK versions of 'Harry Potter' audio books (Credit: PA Images)

From Rowling's snouty Nifflers and hulking Erumpents to phoenixes and centaurs, the documentary will journey from the shadowy corridors of London's History Museum to the frozen steppes of Siberia and secret caves of Madagascar.

Fry already has plenty of experience in transporting Potter fans to fantastical worlds, having narrated all seven of the UK versions of Harry Potter audio books.

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The documentary is a collaboration between the BBC, Warner Bros and London's Natural History Museum, and accompanies a blockbuster exhibition at LNHM titled Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature.

Like the documentary, the exhibition - coming to the South Ken institution in the spring - will delve into the awe-inspiring creatures of Rowling's franchise, examining them alongside remarkable specimens from the natural world.

The documentary accompanies a blockbuster exhibition at London's Natural History Museum titled 'Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature' (Credit: Natural History Museum)
The documentary accompanies a blockbuster exhibition at London's Natural History Museum titled 'Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature' (Credit: Natural History Museum)
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"We want to show people that the natural world is just as amazing as the mythical, wizarding world," said Clare Matterson, executive director of engagement at the NHM.

It's a must-watch for all Potter fans (Credit: Warner Bros)
It's a must-watch for all Potter fans (Credit: Warner Bros)

"Joining forces with the combined powers of the fabulous BBC, its legendary Natural History Unit and the magical Natural History Museum we hope to be able to bring you closer than you've ever been to some of the most spectacular and extraordinary creatures ever seen."

BBC One are yet to announce a release date for the documentary, but we've got a very good feeling it'll be worth the wait...

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros

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