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Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story

This is a review of the movie 'Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story'

As a young child, Joanne Rowling would roam through the woods, with her little sister Dianne in tow, pretending to be a good witch. She would coax her little friends in to the woods with her and concoct wonderful, fantastic fantasies.

Joanne loved to hear her mother read the classic "Wind in the Willows.' It was a children's novel written by Kenneth Grahame. The book enlivened her imagination.

The next time we see her, she is grammar school age. She is not able to manage her first attempt at fractions and was totally let down. Her mind worked in a different world.

In high school, she is told that her only problem was that she would engage in flights of fancy instead of paying attention to the lessons given.

Upon her high school graduation, her father told her that he would rather she studied something practical: Anything that would earn her a living. All Joanne wanted to do was write. However, her mother told her to follow her heart.

This movie is an excellent look into the mind of J.K. Rowling. The acting is excellent. The movie progresses quickly from her childhood to the time wherein her first Harry Potter book was published and the movie was released. While dramatic, the movie has it's comical and whimsical moments. My wife Joyce and I immensely enjoyed this movie. It is suitable for preteens, teens and adults. It is a bit too preoccupied with adults to be interesting to very young children. We highly recommend this movie.


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JohnRoberts wrote on February 1, 2015, 12:55 PM

I saw this movie when it first showed on Lifetime. Poppy Montgomery as Rowling. Interesting look into a phenomenon.

lookatdesktop wrote on February 3, 2015, 10:19 AM

My older sister read the Harry Potter books. She enjoys them and so do her children. I can relate to this because when my wife this morning, asked me what was your favorite job ever? I replied, "Writing." I have written since I could put a pencil to paper, at age 3. Began playing piano at age 2 and also hit my first 8 ball on a pool table in the corner pocket with my older brother's help. True satisfaction comes from doing what you love and in my case writing and playing the piano.

arthurchappell wrote on February 5, 2015, 5:58 AM

sounds interesting - the first book was out for a while before the movie version was produced though

ViperGirl85 wrote on February 16, 2015, 8:21 PM

My younger sister and our teenage niece love the Harry Potter movies, and they are definitely interested in watching this on Netflix. :)