Real Wizards: The Search for Harry’s Ancestors

A journey over thousands of years from ancient Britain, across Europe to Siberia, using modern science and archaeology to examine the evidence from which fictional wizards are based.

From prehistoric shamans to medieval herbalists, the film explores the roots of the things we now associate with fictional wizards - wands, cauldrons, spells and potions and creates the world of ancient Britain in which the believers in wizards and 'magick' lived.

Production Information

Broadcaster: Discovery & Channel 4

TX Date: January 0001

Duration: 1 x 90 & 1 x 60

Format: November 2001



Executive Producer(s):

Richard Bradley


Robert Lindsay