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Stephen Fry To Present New BBC Harry Potter Documentary Exploring Fantastic Beasts Creatures

Stephen Fry To Present New BBC Harry Potter Documentary Exploring Fantastic Beasts Creatures

If you're someone who is into J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but also loves the real-world nature documentaries of David Attenborough, this could be the moment that you've been waiting for.

BBC One has commissioned a new documentary series that will draw parallels between the mythical creatures of Warner Bros' Fantastic Beasts series and creatures that - you know - actually exist.

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Of course, it's going to be narrated by the voice of the Harry Potter audiobooks, Stephen Fry.

Stephen Fry is the voice of the Harry Potter audiobooks. Credit: BBC One
Stephen Fry is the voice of the Harry Potter audiobooks. Credit: BBC One

With the working title Fantastic Beasts: A Natural History, the show will tell the stories of weird and wonderful creatures from Siberia to Madagascar, while explaining the links between them and their fantastical fictional counterparts.

The show sees the Beeb's Natural History Unit team up with Warner Bros and London's Natural History Museum to produce a new kind of nature documentary.

A press release explained: "From centaurs to Nifflers, birds of paradise to the Phoenix, 11,000 year-old woolly rhinos to the Erumpent and giant squid to the Zouwu, the gripping stories and surprising science behind specimens in the Natural History Museum is a global journey of discovery drawing parallels between the real world and the fabulous worlds of mythology and literature - including elements which will be immediately recognisable to fans of Warner Bros. Fantastic Beasts film series."

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In conjunction with the show, there will also be a new exhibit at the Natural History Museum called 'Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature'.

It'll open in Spring this year and will be the Natural History Museum's 'most ambitious exhibition to date'.

The show is inspired by the Fantastic Beasts film series. Credit: Warner Bros.
The show is inspired by the Fantastic Beasts film series. Credit: Warner Bros.

Mike Gunton, Executive Producer and Creative Director of the BBC Studios' Natural History Unit, says: "This incredible partnership between three of the UK's leading institutions will bring an astonishing array of creatures to our screens.

"We are thrilled to be working with these talented partners to bring natural history content to a wider young audience."

Speaking about his starring role in bringing the stories of the animals - both real and imagined - to life, Stephen Fry said: "I could not be more delighted to be a part of this magnificent opportunity for us Muggles to show the wizarding world that the fantastic beasts in our world are more than a match for theirs.

"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."

So far, no date has been announced for when the show will air, but we'll keep you posted as the details begin to emerge.

Featured Image Credit: BBC One/Warner Bros.

Topics: Harry Potter, TV and Film, BBC, UK Entertainment

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a LADbible journalist and Twin Peaks enthusiast. Despite having a career in football cut short by a chronic lack of talent, he managed to obtain degrees from both the University of London and Salford. According to his French teacher, at the weekends he mostly likes to play football and go to the park with his brother. Contact Tom on [email protected]