Magic Beyond Words: The JK Rowling Story (2011) Poppy Montgomery, Emily Holmes, Antonio Cupo, Janet Kidder, Madison Desjarlais directed by Paul A. Kaufman Movie Review

Magic Beyond Words: The JK Rowling Story (2011)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Poppy Montgomery in Magic Beyond Words: The JK Rowling Story (2011)

More Hogwash Than Hogwarts

J.K. Rowling is an inspirational woman as she has shown that being on benefits does not mean you have to stay on benefits. That is not the only reason why she is inspirational and if you do a little bit of reading you will discover what an eventful and interesting life she has had. It is because of that I wanted to watch the made for TV movie "Magic Beyond Words: The JK Rowling Story" as whilst my expectations were low I was hopeful that maybe they would manage to bring to life her inspiring story. They didn't and failed abysmally.

What we have got in "Magic Beyond Words: The JK Rowling Story" is someone trying to turn Rowling's story into a prequel to Harry Potter, as if everything in her life contributed to the story. As such as a small child we see Rowling wearing Harry Potter style glasses, there is also a teacher in Snape black, she calls her ginger haired friend who drove a blue Ford Anglia a Weasley guy and when they got in it she says let's fly. Now some of what is shown in the movie such as her friend having a Ford Anglia is real but so much of it feels embarrassingly forced from Joanne being a know it all like Hermione at school to well just about everything else.

As such "Magic Beyond Words: The JK Rowling Story" end up insulting and so incredibly forced that it ends up mainly bad. But it is not just the constant Harry Potter references which are embarrassing it is the patronising tone that everyone speaks in which makes this movie hilariously bad. I could go on but I hope you are getting my drift and anyone who watches this hoping for a real insight into the like of J.K. Rowling should give it a miss unless they have a rose tinted view on life.

But I will say this, if you are 13 and are a Harry Potter fanatic then "Magic Beyond Words: The JK Rowling Story" might just be entertaining. In fact it you are 13 you might believe all the hogwash which is shown in this movie and is why I imagine that somehow this has received a seriously over the top rating on a certain popular movie information site.

What this all boils down to is that there is as much fantasy in "Magic Beyond Words: The JK Rowling Story" as there is in one of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter stories. It is not only fanciful but incredibly forced, patronising and ridiculously hard work to watch unless you are at an age that you believe that Rowling's life was like a chapter out of a Harry Potter novel.