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''Magic Beyond Words: The J. K. Rowling Story'' is a [[MadeForTVMovie Made For TV]] {{Biopic}} dedicated to, surprisingly enough, ''Literature/HarryPotter'' author Creator/JKRowling, played here by Poppy Montgomery of ''Series/WithoutATrace'' fame. It originally aired on the Lifetime Network on July 18, 2011.

The film follows Rowling from her childhood in TheSeventies to the premiere of the [[Film/HarryPotter first movie]] in 2001. It sticks fairly close to the known facts about her life, though with some dramatic embellishments here and there.

The movie received mixed reviews, which is pretty good by [[LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek normal Lifetime standards]]. See a trailer [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRBnjgz1ygg here]]. Watch the whole movie [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Y_RxNtfNlg here]].
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* AdaptationDyeJob: This is probably the most notable factual error in the film. While Rowling is blonde today, she was a redhead during the time period much of the film takes place. Nevertheless, the film portrays her as blonde throughout. Whether the filmmakers didn't know better or [[ViewersAreMorons thought she wouldn't be recognizable enough otherwise]] is unclear.
* CaliforniaDoubling: Canada doubles for Great Britain, Portugal, and (very briefly) New York. There are ''a lot'' of {{Establishing Shot}}s composed of StockFootage.
* CallForward: Okay, we get it. She's going to write ''Harry Potter''.
* ContinuityCameo: Rowling's second husband, Dr. Neil Murray, appears briefly when she attends the premiere of the first film and is only identified as her fiancÚ. In RealLife, they wed later that year and have been married ever since.
* DomesticAbuse: And for the first time in Lifetime history, the protagonist has an appropriate reaction and the police are not [[PoliceAreUseless useless]].
* EurekaMoment: Many of these. The one which seems the most out there (Rowling instantly gets the entire idea for Harry Potter while on a stalled train) is the one which [[RealityIsUnrealistic really happened]].
* FakeBrit: Poppy Montgomery (Australian) as Rowling. Additionally, most of the cast is Canadians playing Brits (the film is an American production, but was filmed in movie-friendly [[StargateCity Vancouver, Canada]] with local talent). Ironic that Rowling famously demanded this trope be averted in the ''Harry Potter'' films only for it to be played straight in her own (albeit unauthorized) biopic. On the plus side, [[Series/StargateAtlantis Dr. Carson Beckett]] is Rowling's father.
* HowWeGotHere: The film is bookended by scenes of Rowling at the premiere of the first movie.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Ah, the ''Phrase: The Person's Name Story'' title format Lifetime seems to love so much.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Lots of this ("Nobody makes any money writing children's books."), much of which actually happened.
* {{Jerkass}}: [[spoiler: Rowling's first husband. Ugh.]]
* MsImagination: Rowling as a child. An accurate depiction, by all accounts.
* RagsToRiches
* SternTeacher: Mrs. Morgan and Mr. Nettleship, both of whom really existed and helped inspire Snape. In RealLife, John Nettleship found out that he was Snape when a reporter told him and, though initially horrified, he eventually embraced it. Incidentally, the real Nettleship taught chemistry, hence Snape teaching Potions, but the film portrays him teaching mathematics for some reason.
* SliceOfLife: The movie generally comes off as being in this genre on account of the fact that Rowling's pre-''Harry Potter'' life was (surprise, surprise) pretty ordinary and unexciting.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue

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