Stephen Fry to Present Documentary Series Based on J.K. Rowling's 'Fantastic Beasts' StoriesJanuary 8, 2020
Attention Potterphiles! Stephen Fry is set to host a new documentary exploring the similarities between creatures from J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts series and real-life animals that have roamed (and still roam) the world.
The one-off doc has the working title Fantastic Beasts: A Natural History. It's a collaboration between the BBC, London's world-famous Natural History Museum and Warner Bros., the studio behind Rowling's Fantastic Beasts movies.
Fry, who recently guest-starred in Doctor Who's two-part series opener, "Spyfall," will be a popular choice to present the series; in the U.K., he has narrated all of Rowling's Harry Potter audiobooks.
“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," he said.
"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 hourlong documentary's executive producer, Mike Gunton, said the aim is to "bring an astonishing array of creatures to our screens" and to "bring natural history content to a wider young audience."
Fantastic Beasts: A Natural History will air on BBC One in the U.K. Given the global popularity of the BBC's Natural History Unit, whose past hits include Planet Earth and Blue Planet Now, and of Rowling's Wizarding World, it's surely only a matter of time before U.S. broadcast details are confirmed.
In the meantime, you can check out our recent guide to the impressively varied careers of Stephen Fry and his fellow Doctor Who guest star Sir Lenny Henry.
Are you looking forward to Fantastic Beasts: A Natural History?