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ABC to Broadcast A Year in the Life Documentary on JK Rowling July 16th

J.K. Rowling
Posted by: sue
April 24, 2009, 03:53 PM

The ABC Television Network has announced will be broadcasting the special "A Year in the Life" documentary on Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling this summer. The network will be airing the documentary on Thursday, July 16 from 8-9pm (ET) the weekend of the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. While this documentary by James Runcie has been broadcast previously in the UK and elsewhere, this will mark the first time US audience will be able to watch the program, which takes a close look at our favorite author as she completes Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2007. Readers will recall of course, that as part of the documentary we see additional family tree and spouse names for characters such as Luna Lovegood and Draco Malfoy.

The ABC write up on the program is as follows:

The woman who created an imaginary world for millions, J.K. Rowling, allowed cameras extraordinary access during the year before the 7th Harry Potter book was published. From the one bedroom apartment in Scotland where it all began to a hotel room where viewers watch her type the last words of the Potter saga, Rowling lets millions of fans into her world. The documentary exposes her childhood sorrows, visits the church where she and her sister worked after-school as janitors, and allows people to see her, now, as both the queen of a magical, alternate universe, and an everyday mom. Cameras also travel back to her hometown and discover where many of the characters of Harry Potter originated. Upon the release of the latest Harry Potter movie, Elizabeth Vargas takes viewers on a journey into the life of the woman who came from "nothing" and created all of her own success.

Also as a reminder of what we reported previously, the network is continuing their Saturday night TV broadcasts of the Harry Potter films, with Chamber of Secrets due this Saturday night, followed by Prisoner of Azkaban on May 2nd, and Goblet of Fire on May 16.

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3703 Points

Oh great! I loved watching that even though I watched it online. :) It was very sad too.

Posted by Christine on April 24, 2009, 04:06 PM report to moderator
8256 Points

I can’t wait to see it!

Posted by spicefan78 OoM1 {ROAR!} on April 24, 2009, 04:12 PM report to moderator
6196 Points

Yay! Finally we get to watch it here in the States!!!

Posted by Professor Cassandra *~WBM~* on April 24, 2009, 04:13 PM report to moderator
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About time you guys in the USA get to watch the documentary! It’s been a while since it was shown in the UK (2007?) and am hoping that ITV will repeated it. Even if it’s on one of it’s digital channels or on its VOD player… one can live in hope…

Posted by PewterWolf on April 24, 2009, 04:13 PM report to moderator
1623 Points

Great news! I’ve seen it online, but it will be much nicer to see it on a bigger screen. Will they ever release it on DVD, do you think?

Posted by Bookworm Jen on April 24, 2009, 04:17 PM report to moderator
161 Points

Yes! I’ve been waiting for so long to see it!

Posted by Hufflepuffler on April 24, 2009, 04:22 PM report to moderator
3048 Points

I cannot wait to watch it! I am positive that the documentary will prove informative and illuminating for many a Harry Potter fan.

Posted by Kirk on April 24, 2009, 04:26 PM report to moderator
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eep! yay! can’t WAIT to see this! that week is going to be AWESOME!

Posted by ameema on April 24, 2009, 04:29 PM report to moderator
660 Points

Cool! It will make for one fabulous Harry Potter week!

Posted by Noble Birth Descending on April 24, 2009, 04:37 PM report to moderator
484 Points

Even i am not in UK, i already seen that docu. It was a great documentary and a must see… for everybody, even Not Fans of the Harry Potter series.

Posted by EnricoDc on April 24, 2009, 04:43 PM report to moderator
970 Points

Yes! I was wondering if they were ever going to air it. :)

Posted by ღ Courtney {R0aR} ღ on April 24, 2009, 04:59 PM report to moderator
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Posted by hbp will be betterthan tdk on April 24, 2009, 05:13 PM report to moderator
74 Points

That will be great to see! Hope I’m not at the movie when it airs!!

Posted by marymackie on April 24, 2009, 05:19 PM report to moderator
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I’m excited about this — I can never get enough ‘background’ and/or ‘behind the scenes’ type of stuff!

Posted by costont on April 24, 2009, 05:20 PM report to moderator
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OMG!!!!! i love the documetnary i watch it all the time on my computer, and recorded it on a DVD!!!!!!!

Posted by Catherine ( *SQUEE!*) on April 24, 2009, 05:33 PM report to moderator
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