Whether or not you grew up watching Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, you most likely have a comfortable spot for nature documentaries. Most folks discover their closely edited and anthropomorphised glimpses of mammal behaviour endearing, and marvel at the wonderful talents of probably the most unique sea creatures. I don’t bear in mind ever seeing an Erumpent on Wild Kingdom. Yet its close to cousin the rhinoceros was featured. There has likewise been a notable absence of Nifflers in nature documentaries so far, however platypuses bear them an in depth resemblance. The implausible beasts we all know and love from the magical world are based mostly on each documented and mythological beasts from the Muggle world. The Natural History Museum in London mounted an exhibition about this connection referred to as Fantastic Beasts: The Wonders of Nature. Now, in collaboration with the BBC Natural History Unit, they’ve produced the documentary Fantastic Beasts: A Natural History.
Hosted by British actor, and Harry Potter sequence narrator, Stephen Fry, this documentary will mingle real-life animals, mythological beasts, and magical creatures from the Wizarding World. To make it, Fry traveled to see rhinos and find out how they impressed the mythological unicorn and the magical Erumpent. He visited websites the place palaeontologists are digging for dinosaur bones and, perhaps, dragons. Throughout it, his sense of surprise and his humour carry the viewer together with him on his studying journey.
Fantastic Beasts: A Natural History will air within the UK on Sunday 27 February on BBC 1 and iPlayer. It will air within the U.S. on HBO Max on 1 April.
The exhibition Fantastic Beasts: The Wonders of Nature shall be at the Royal Ontario Museum from 11 June 2022 – 2 January 2023.