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Harry Potter: A History of Magic
Harry Potter: A History of Magic: The Enhanced Ebook of the Exhibition | British Library
Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter magic! Harry Potter: A History of Magic is the official book of the once-in-a-lifetime exhibition from the brilliant curators of the British Library. This enhanced ebook takes readers on a fascinating journey through the subjects studied at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from Alchemy and Potions classes, right through to Herbology and the Care of Magical Creatures. Each chapter showcases a treasure trove of artefacts from the British Library and other collections around the world, beside exclusive manuscripts, sketches and illustrations from the Harry Potter archive. There's also a specially commissioned essay for each subject area by an expert, writer or cultural commentator, inspired by the contents of the exhibition - absorbing, insightful and unexpected contributions from Steve Backshall, the Reverend Richard Coles, Owen Davies, Julia Eccleshare, Roger Highfield, Steve Kloves, Lucy Mangan, Anna Pavord and Tim Peake, who offer a personal perspective on their magical theme. Readers will be able to pore over ancient spell books, explore amazing illuminated scrolls that reveal the secret of the Elixir of Life, and through its unique design and functionality examine vials of dragons blood, mandrake roots, painted centaurs and a genuine witchs broomstick, in an interactive digital book that shows J.K. Rowlings magical inventions alongside their cultural and historical forebears. This is the ultimate gift for Harry Potter fans, curious minds, big imaginations, bibliophiles and readers around the world who missed out on the chance to see the exhibition in person.
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Booksnchill
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#ChillingPhotoChallenge #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick A multi points post- finished the audio for #24B4Monday it has a #WitchInIt for the #ScaryScavengerHunt and it meets today‘s photo prompt! This is the book companion to the British Library exhibit on the history of magic in Harry Potter and it is a fabulous audio with interviews, history, voices of Stephen Fry and the illustrator of the HP books as well as curators. Highly recommended!

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ashley_o13
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@Slajaunie all of this is wonderful thank you so much! I am in love with the 20th edition books! And as always Dobby. 💕 Can't wait to set up my new bookshelf to add these to the collection 🤗🤗 #fallathogwartsswap

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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego That paper is so cute! 3mo
Slajaunie So glad you like it! 😁 3mo
ashley_o13 @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego that's why I had to add it in the photo! 3mo
ashley_o13 @Slajaunie I love it thanks so much 🤗 3mo
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Endowarrior21
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I am listening to this wonderful Audiobook while I travel today for my family reunion tomorrow.

JenlovesJT47 I‘ve heard mixed reviews about the audiobook but I love Natalie Dormer. Gonna have to give it a whirl! 🤓 4mo
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reading_rainbow
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♥️ beautiful ♥️

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Jen2
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Lovely story.

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Lady_Tigana_20
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(Day 18: Black and Blue) Of coffee-table-sized books, I only have these two, Film Wizardry, and the Illustrated books (1-3 so far). Definitely want to add more to my HP collection. #ColorMePretty #PhotoChallenge #HarryPotter @Sweetkokoro

Scochrane26 I think I want history of magic & the wand one. My bookstore is having a hp day on the 31st & books will be 22% off, so I may get one. 5mo
Lady_Tigana_20 @Scochrane26 , Wand one? Need to look that up. I think my favorite of ones I own is HP Film Wizardry. It has ephemeral items like Marauder‘s Map and Harry‘s letter from Hogwarts and catalog from Weasleys‘ Wizard Wheezes. 5mo
Scochrane26 @Lady_Tigana_20 I saw the wand one the other day—it has all the wands from the movies. I forget what it‘s called but has a black cover. I don‘t think I‘ve seen the Hp film wizardry, will look for it. (edited) 5mo
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DarcysMom
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Meaw_catlady
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I cannot resist the magical world! Join me ! Friend me ! 🖤

LauraJ Most of the greenhouses, inns, etc. in my neighborhood are now demolished buildings...and have been for awhile. 😵 6mo
Meaw_catlady @LauraJ wow! That‘s a shame! 6mo
RvnclawWhovian Sent an invite!! 6mo
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RvnclawWhovian @LauraJ I live in a semi rural area and all but one of the magical creatures around me are on my neighbor‘s property lol 6mo
LauraJ @RvnclawWhovian That's tough! 6mo
Meaw_catlady @RvnclawWhovian @LauraJ great news! My library is an inn. As well as a pokegym I‘m feeling pretty lucky! 6mo
LauraJ @Meaw_catlady my inns are both on homeless encampments. Can‘t complain without feeling like a total jerkface. 6mo
Meaw_catlady @LauraJ I would think they would inspect the area before choosing it as an inn! I love the homeless but camps like that are not very safe for children who would be playing this game . I guess the creators couldn‘t inspect every spot but it seems like they must have at least got permissions from businesses and the like ? 6mo
LauraJ @Meaw_catlady It's the same map from Pokemon...has it been two years? Three? 6mo
Meaw_catlady @LauraJ it‘s been at least 3! 6mo
Deifio Sent you a request! 6mo
DaveGreen7777 I just sent you an invite, I‘m “Bookwyrm7777”! 😁 5mo
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ashsbookmarks
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My reading log, favorite 0.4 pen and my next read. This is not on my tbr but I saw it at the library and had to grab it. I miss Harry Potter 🧙🏻‍♀️
#owl #harrypotter #ahistoryofmagic #bob #pen #superfinepen #books #read #reading #tbr #bookstagram #bookstagramer #bookworm #bookdragon #booknerd #bookish #bookishlove #pottermore #potterhead

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LouBeth
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Is it weird that I started to tear up right at the beginning of this..? Oh well, totally worth it.

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Meaw_catlady
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Love cosplaying with this group of fellow weirdos!! Snape is my favorite and I loved being him!! @WhiskeyMistress makes the perfect Minerva!

hermyknee Awesome!! 6mo
julesG You all look amazing! 6mo
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maich
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Hi Littens! I'm probably the only person in this world who haven't read Harry Potter series🙈 But I've seen all movies and heard many spoilers. Maybe I will read it someday...never say never😊
A history of magic was on my sister's shelf and sound very interesting. I found beautiful paitings inside this book. Should I read it or not?

#harrypotter #ahistoryofmagic
#paperback #bloomsbury #goodreads #bookworm #booklover

BethM Sure! Introduce yourself to the world! 7mo
maich @BethM 😆 I will😘 7mo
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Lyanneee
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Got this treasure at 80% off the original price! Definitely my best book purchase this month ❤️❤️

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GripLitGrl
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#LiteraryLuck #Magical
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88
Love this Harry Potter Fan Art 📷 Pinterest

JoScho 💜💜💜 9mo
vkois88 Holy smokes, this is gorgeous 9mo
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KirstieE
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A small little #birthdayhaul from my friends 💜

I'm so in love with the Frankenstein edition and my friend wrote a very lovely yet raw letter about why she got me this copy and it left me feeling so loved 💕💕#HP #Classic #BookHaul

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Kimberlone
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Finished listening to the tagged book this morning. Highly recommend for any big HP fans. Was a great combination of the history of magic and Harry Potter lore. Natalie Dormer was a fantastic narrator, but I also loved how narration from Jim Dale and Stephen Fry and interviews with historians were incorporated. I really want to get the book now so I can see all the items from the exhibit and special HP illustrations!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Kimberlone
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Listening to this as I run an event for 11th graders this Saturday morning at a local high school.

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BethM
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Bookish Christmas presents along with a gift card and some Ravenclaw clothes. I‘ve got about 1.5hrs of work left in the house before I can snuggle in and read. I‘m going to audio Victoria while I clean and cook though. I need to introvert hard as I‘m emotionally done in.

GypsyKat Excellent!!! 💙⚡️ 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I love the entire Locke & Key series! 11mo
Avanders Ooooooh 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 And yes!!! Locke & Key 😍😍 11mo
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KathyWheeler Fables AND Locke & Key! Two of my favorites. ❤️ 11mo
BethM @KathyWheeler I just read and there was a pretty fair amount of violence against women. And it was not discreet. Is the rest of the series like that? 11mo
KathyWheeler @BethM Not in the same way — no. There is violence because of a war but it‘s not limited to women. There are also strong women characters in the series. 11mo
BethM @KathyWheeler thanks! 11mo
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WanderingBookaneer
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Current view as I listen to Lilac Girls. #ChipmunkCat #CatsofLitsy

DivineDiana Love your view! ❤️ 12mo
BookishMarginalia 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜 12mo
Velvetfur Aaww pretty face! 💜 12mo
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Leftcoastzen What a cutie pie! 12mo
TheBogwitch Faccia bella! 12mo
Dragon 😻 12mo
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Michollio
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I finally got mail (proof of address) today, so I went to the library to get a card. Now I'm official! And I couldn't leave without checking a few things out, obviously 😆

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AnneCecilie
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WOW. This is the book for every Harry Potter fan.

Now, I just have to hope that the exhibition will to a city near me.

hgrimes I‘m going to it in NYC in a couple of weeks! I can‘t wait! 12mo
Birdsong28 The audiobook is read by Natalie Dormer!! I have this book and the audiobook 😀📖 12mo
AnneCecilie @hgrimes based on the book and the documentary, you really have something to look forward to. 12mo
AnneCecilie @Birdsong28 unfortunately I‘m not much of an audiobook listener. 12mo
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AnneCecilie
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Next up.

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bookandcat
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#birthday #harrypotter haul! I received the 20th anniversary book set (covers by Brian Selznick's - Hermione even gets her own cover on book 3, and they all connect to make one big tapestry) as a present and today we got the History of Magic book and two puzzles at the exhibit. Oh, and magnet, not pictured.

Leftcoastzen Pretty,pretty! 12mo
Avanders Oooooh and happy birthday! 🎂🎊🎁 12mo
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Jess_Franzino
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Yesterday I got to go to the Harry Potter: A History of Magic Exhibit & Halloween party at the New York Historical Society. It was MAGICAL! While they sadly didn‘t allow photos in the exhibit, here‘s an adorable owl my fiancé got for me from the gift shop! I‘m obsessed with this owl!

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Brooke_H
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So many great Harry Potter books at the school book fair! I need to lock up my wallet! 😂

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Megara
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It‘s here! Because, like I said, I have zero self control. 😅

@BurghBookAddict @Birdsong28

Birdsong28 Enjoy!! The UK book is white! But it still has all the beautiful pictures and interesting facts. 📚📖 13mo
Megara Also #shelfie 13mo
Megara @Birdsong28 Yeah, this one is from the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library. After a quick flip through, I have to agree: beautiful. 😍 13mo
Burghbookaddict My physical copy came yesterday, too!! 13mo
Megara @BurghBookAddict So. Stoked. 13mo
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moarbookspleaze
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Used a birthday gift card to order this. I also have the audiobook. Can‘t wait to read it.

Branwen I just ordered this for my library! 😀 14mo
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BookCottageBlog
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This book is absolutely gorgeous! I‘ve also been enjoying the audio version, narrated by Natalie Dormer. I highly recommend both together for a great reading & listening experience.

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GypsyKat
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This was really fun to listen to on audio! Other than the music and some of the interviews being slightly tinny sounding, I have no complaints. The print book is wonderful, too. Full of beautiful illustrations, photos, and historical texts and drawings. It‘s really a fascinating look at the belief in magic through the ages. I would love to see this exhibit some day!
❤️⚡️❤️⚡️❤️⚡️❤️⚡️❤️

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ssravp
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😁😁😁😁😁⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️

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GypsyKat
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I‘m enjoying listening to this audiobook while reading along in my hardcover. I would so love to see this exhibit someday. I‘ve read about a lot of this history before, but it‘s really all so fascinating!

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GypsyKat
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I didn‘t really need to buy this audiobook, because I have the hardcover and have read most of it already, but I couldn‘t resist. Talk to me about Harry Potter, Natalie Dormer!!! ❤️⚡️

Birdsong28 I have had this on pre-order for ages!!! And because I went to cancel my account the other week after 3 months of it being on hold and said it was too expensive, I now have 3 months of credits for £3.99 so I re-ordered with my new credit! So it was really so cheap for me!! I also have the hardback but you just have to!!! Enjoy!!! 📚📖 1y
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JessNevertheless
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Waking up to this audiobook preorder was the best surprise :)

DGRachel Yes! I‘d totally forgotten that I preordered this until I saw the email from Audible. 😂😂 1y
GypsyKat OMG! I forgot this was coming out! I‘m buying it right freakin now!!! 😆😆😆 1y
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dawn-pInk
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This was everything my nerd heart could want. History, mythology, superstition, mixed with the creative process that created the series. Will be reading continuously. 5 out of 5 on GR.

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jenniferw88
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#bujo has arrived!

Linsy Beautiful! 1y
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thevictoriousone
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So so so so excited to finally own this book!! I can‘t wait to look through it at all the little tidbits!! My excitement over this just proves that if JKR ever published a physical copy of the encyclopedia she always talked about, I‘d probably have a heart attack.

I‘m also excited to hopefully find some things in here I can show to my 10th graders who are reading Sorcerer‘s Stone right now.

tracey38 I got this a couple mo ths ago and love it. 1y
thevictoriousone @tracey38 I can‘t wait to flip through it and actually read some of it! I haven‘t had a chance yet, but it‘s to lovely! 1y
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KCorter
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bookandcat 💜💛💚 1y
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Gissy
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Thank you so much @Elle_Skeldon for the magic gifts! I liked everything but I'm obsessed with HP funko dressed with quidditch uniform and mini funko chain dementor😱😍I love my muggle mug, dobby socks, the candle, magnet, journal, pen and books. Of course and the popcorn snack @BookaholicNatty Thank you for the coordination of #HarryPotterSwap Expecto Patronum!⚡️✨because today is a magical day only positive energy should be around!🙌🏼

BookaholicNatty Love all this stuff @Elle_Skeldon You did such an amazing job!!!! @Gissy I love the funko pop too!!!!!! ❤️❤️ 1y
JoScho What a great package! 1y
Elle_Skeldon I am so happy you liked you package! It was really hard to find books you didn‘t already own so I tried to make up for it with fun stuff!! 1y
Gissy @BookaholicNatty @JoScho @Elle_Skeldon I'm enjoying my gifts already, drinking coffee as a muggle☕️☺️ 1y
rather_be_reading 😍😍 1y
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dawn-pInk
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This book is so beautiful and my little nerd heart is so is in love. It talks about EVERYTHING doing with The Wizarding World. From folklore and original drawings of what people thought mandrakes were, to the origins of witchcraft to copies of early drafts and sketches from Rowling, I just couldn‘t be more thrilled and I‘m only half way through.

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rachelsbrittain
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Belated birthday gifts from my sweet, sweet mom @SusanGBr

JoScho ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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melissa.drake
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This #bookhaul largely dates to last month - which was my birthday month and is to blame for the taller than usual stack for me! A couple also came home with me from a #littlefreelibrary oops 😁

The tagged book will be hanging out on my coffee table for awhile - couldn't make it to the UK for the exhibition, but this book is the next best thing to Floo Powder!

mrozzz Floo powder! 👌🏻 2y
GripLitGrl Nice haul!👍 2y
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dawn-pInk
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IT PREEEEEETTYYYY

Linsy 😍😍😍 Mine‘s on the way! 1y
dawn-pInk @Linsy It‘s so much fun! Enjoy! 1y
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Laughterhp
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Just saw this on Instagram! Figured I‘d share with all you Littens, as this is the first time I‘m hearing about it! Maybe not a lot of you have heard of it airing either.

I won‘t be home to watch it, but I definitely made sure to have it recorded!

#harrypotter #potterhead

pinkpygmypuffs 😱😱😱😱 2y
pinkpygmypuffs This isn‘t showing up on my guide 😭 2y
Laughterhp @pinkpygmypuffs Oh no!! I wonder why?! Maybe CW will put the episode on their website tomorrow. You can usually watch for free on there... 2y
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Daisey Thanks! I hadn‘t heard about this, but I‘m enjoying it now! 2y
pinkpygmypuffs Apparently it‘s on Sunday? Optimum is very strange 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
Laughterhp @pinkpygmypuffs Weird that they‘d air it on another day.. Well at least they‘re airing it and you‘ll be able to watch it! 😊 2y
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