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Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story (2011)

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An inspiring look at JK Rowling's rise to become one of the most influential writers-from her humble beginnings as an imaginative young girl and awkward teenager to the loss of her mother and the genesis of the Harry Potter phenomenon.

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An inspiring look at JK Rowling's rise to become one of the most influential writers-from her humble beginnings as an imaginative young girl and awkward teenager to the loss of her mother and the genesis of the Harry Potter phenomenon.

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The telephone number in the newspaper advert for English teachers in Portugal uses the 020 7xxx xxxx format which was not introduced until 1999, nine years after the scene is set. In 1990, all London numbers used the 01 area code. See more »

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JK Rowling: What do you think, will you ever see Harry Potter in there? Not bloody likely.
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Carol of the Bells
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Music by Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych (as Mykola Leontovych) and lyrics by Peter Wilhousky (as Peter J. Milhousky)
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As usual, the chocolate box view of Britain
8 January 2012 | by (Stockport, UK) – See all my reviews

OK viewing for a damp winters day when there is nothing else on the box and your DVD player is on the blink. Research is laughable (if it was done at all)

Knowing Tutshill, having attended Wyedean and having worked in Edinburgh, this film shows the typical sickly sweet idealistic old fashioned chocolate box view of "little old England" (but at least they recognised that Edinburgh is in Scotland).

Maybe I'm being picky, but when making a biopic (authorised or otherwise) surely they should have a far better idea of the locations? It is 8-10 miles from Tutshill to the outer edges of the forest for a start. the uniforms for Wyedean are completely the wrong colours and the badge is a figment of the film makers imagination. All it would have taken was a quick search on Google ...... and don't even get me started on the buildings!!

As has already been noted by another reviewer, the linguistic differences between us and our North American cousins are very apparent (although I do note that the lead is played by an Australian) the accents throughout are either the typically clipped accents favoured by North American movie makers and the Scottish accents are woefully inaccurate. The language used is about as inaccurate as you can get whilst still speaking English one example being assistance (benefits) i'm surprised they didn't talk about grade school, high school etc.


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