Stephen Fry explores the inspirations of J.K. Rowling’s magical creatures – while discovering parallels from within our own Muggle animal kingdom – in this exciting, upcoming documentary. Here's your first look at the show - and when it airs.

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Stephen Fry, who famously narrated the UK Harry Potter audiobooks, will embark on a fantastical journey across the world in this upcoming BBC One special, entitled Fantastic Beasts: A Natural History, coming Sunday 27th Feb for UK on BBC One and iPlayer - and 1st April for HBO Max. Take a look at the trailer right here.

In a unique collaboration with the BBC Natural History Unit, the Natural History Museum (who hosted the exhibition, Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature) and Warner Bros., expect this documentary to unfurl all sorts of mysteries around fantastic beasts and real-life creatures across history that you may not believe could possibly exist.

Delve into the mythological, including dragons, mermaids and unicorns – alongside examinations of natural world beasts that continue to inspire us, such as vervet monkeys, narwhals and manatees.


Image: ©BBC Studios 2022

In the documentary, Stephen travels far and wide to learn about such animals, chatting to experts about dinosaurs in Utah and travelling to Loch Ness in Scotland.

Along the way, Stephen will chat to the Wizarding World’s creator, J.K. Rowling, to discuss the inspirations behind the creatures we meet in Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts, while also meeting with visual effects supervisor Christian Manz, who has lent his talents to several Wizarding World movies, bringing countless magical creations to life.

So, stay tuned for Fantastic Beasts: A Natural History, which will feature on BBC One, iPlayer, HBO Max and international broadcasters very soon.

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