Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story is a made-for-TV film starring Australian actress Poppy Montgomery. The film, which was shot in B.C. Canada locations altered to look like British locations, details the journey of struggling single mother J. K. Rowling, her bid to become a published author, and her rise to fame that followed the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. The film aired on Lifetime on July 18th and was criticized for being too lacklustre (mainly down to the fiercely private author having no say in the production) but it also shed some light on her personal life and featured scenes such as her highly abusive first husband and the death of her mother. The eponymous J.K. Rowling is the world's first billionaire (in terms of US dollars) author and the films inspired by her books have been the highest grossing films of all time. Poppy Montgomery reportedly got blue contact lenses to play the role of the highly influential author.

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  1. Jeffrey Berman


  2. Tony Caballero


  3. Paul A. Kaufman


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  1. Poppy Montgomery

    Poppy Montgomery

    JK Rowling

  2. Emily Holmes

    Emily Holmes

    Diane Rowling

  3. Antonio Cupo

    Antonio Cupo

    Jorge Arantes

  4. Janet Kidder

    Janet Kidder

    Anne Rowling

  5. Madison Desjarlais

    Madison Desjarlais

    J.K. Rowling - 17yrs old

  6. AM

    Andy Maton

    Christopher Little

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 27m

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Homepage http://www.mylifetime.com/movies/magic-beyond-words-the-jk-rowling-story

Release Information

  • July 18, 2011
    PG-13, Theatrical



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