BBC turning Harry Potter into a reality series, sending kids to magic school

The BBC is creating a reality TV version of Harry Potter that will be called The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

The “Hogwarts-style magic school [will] … coach real life Harry Potters for a new TV series,” The Sun reports. Fourteen “children will be schooled in magic history and folklore, told the latin terms for casting spells, and taught how to look after resident magic animals. As their knowledge and skills progress they will also be taught the art of illusion.”

Unlike Hogwarts, magicians will be sent home weekly, as the show will also be an elimination-style competition. The kids “will perform for ‘magic mentors’ who will judge their performances and decide who must leave,” BBC News reports. Those “mentors will give away their secrets and perform step-by-step guides, so children can learn and perform the tricks themselves.”

The show will be hosted by “Barney Harwood, [and] will air later in the year,” according to The Sun.

BBC creates real Harry Potters [The Sun]
BBC to seek ‘real’ Harry Potter [BBC News]

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