Stephen Fry is to front a new documentary for BBC One inspired by JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts stories.
In Fantastic Beasts: A Natural History, viewers will be transported to many a magical place, from the halls of Hogwarts to the secret corridors of the Natural History Museum, as they uncover more about the fascinating creatures, real and imagined, that have captivated our imaginations down the years.
Among Fry’s many accomplishments is narrating all seven of the UK versions of the Harry Potter audiobooks, so he knows the Wizarding World pretty well.
Speaking about his new role, 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.”
The documentary is the result of a collaboration between the BBC, Warner Bros and London’s Natural History Museum and will also feature a companion exhibition at the Natural History Museum entitled Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature. It set to open in spring 2020 and the documentary will give viewers an exclusive look at the cross-media display.