A Discovery Of Witches – Will You Be Watching?

Last week I was invited to a special event down in Oxford, A Discovery of Witches, to a special screening of the first episode of the new series, and I couldn’t wait to find out more!

The event was held at Waterstones Book Shop and, after a mad dash from the station, I made it to the event in time to see queues of people lining the street waiting to meet novelist Deborah Harkness and Teresa Palmer, the actress who plays the leading role of Diana.

I’ll be honest with you, I was completely unaware of A Discovery of Witches and yet after meeting some of the fans I soon realised that this was a big deal!! It was lovely to meet Teresa Palmer, an Australian actress who plays the main role of Diana Bishop. She was so friendly and down to earth, not to mention incredibly beautiful.

Next it was time to be tested in the “Lab” where, after a mouth swab and a series of short questions, we discovered if we were human, a witch, a vampire or a demon. It turns out that I am a witch!!

Whilst Deborah Harkness met her adoring fans and signed copies of A Discovery of Witches, the first of her All Souls trilogy, we walked over to the Ashmolean Museum to visit the new Spellbound Exhibition, open to the public until 6th January.

I am fascinated by witchcraft, particularly when it comes to our ancestors and their use of magical thinking to cope with the unpredictable world around them. The exhibition was incredible, with both fantastical and macabre items to view, as well as the original copy of The Discovery of Witches by Matthew Hopkins from 1647.

Unfortunately photography wasn’t allowed in the majority of the exhibition but I definitely recommend a visit. One of the exhibits we were allowed to take photographs of was this chair where suspected witches would sit and, if they weighed more than two Bibles, they would be deemed a witch and executed.

I could have wandered around the exhibition all night looking at the weird and wonderful things on display, but we were soon ushered into a private room ready to watch the first episode of A Discovery of Witches.

As we all sat down and tucked into our popcorn, Deborah Harkness introduced the show and it was lovely to see how much it meant to her to see her work in motion. The room went completely silent as the show started and, as the music kicked in, I felt myself getting goosebumps!

Unlike shows such as Twilight, I instantly related to A Discovery of Witches, set in a city that I know and love, with landmarks we could all recognise. There is something so magical about Oxford and the architecture and history, that it really is the most perfect setting for a story such as this.

I won’t give away too much of the plot but A Discovery of Witches is very much a love story where two characters are torn between their love for each other and what is expected of them by others. Teresa is the perfect choice for the role of Diana playing opposite her love interest, Matthew Goode, and the way in which the series is shot is just breathtakingly beautiful in parts.

As the first episode ended the entire room broke into applause and I found myself wanting to carry on watching to find out what happens next! Thankfully the first episode airs this Friday 14th September, at 9pm, on SKYONE and I can’t wait. Gaz is a huge fan of this genre of tv and film so I just know that he is going to love it, and Lewis too. I can see A Discovery of Witches becoming a huge part of our Friday nights!

Afterwards we all got to speak with Deborah Harkness again to congratulate her on the show, and she gave each of us a signed copy of the book which I can’t wait to read.

It was such a great event and I am so looking forward to Friday when I get to see it all over again. Will you be watching?

 

** I was invited to this event by SKYONE and compensated for my time ** 

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20 Comments

  1. September 12, 2018 / 12:18 pm

    This looks amazing and I would have loved to have gone too but was on holiday – gutted!

    • Laura Dove
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      September 12, 2018 / 1:08 pm

      Oh gutted!! It was a great event Debbie! xx

  2. September 12, 2018 / 1:57 pm

    I have been hearing about a discovery of witches lately but was not aware of it, to be honest. Sounds like such a lovely event

  3. September 12, 2018 / 5:25 pm

    I have never heard of this series either but I still have a certificate I got in Holland proving I am not a Witch as my weight was in proportion to my height.

  4. September 12, 2018 / 6:21 pm

    I’m re-reading the books to prepare myself!

  5. September 12, 2018 / 8:09 pm

    This sounds so good! I will watch this for sure. I think I would also really like to visit the museum display, looks fascinating. It’s awful to think of those poor women being declared witches.

  6. September 12, 2018 / 8:12 pm

    Wow this sounds like a pretty good show and it sounds like a really good event x

  7. September 12, 2018 / 8:13 pm

    ooo I’ve never heard about A Discovery of Witches. Sounds like you had a fab time

  8. September 12, 2018 / 8:17 pm

    Sounds like a great event and Oxford is on my to visit list for a while. Funny enough, when I was little I used to watch Charmed ( the tv series) a lot and I dreamt of being a witch. Magic captives me and honestly, I can`t understand why people chose to ignore it.

  9. September 13, 2018 / 9:12 am

    This sounds like just the type of show I would enjoy, so added to my planner

  10. September 13, 2018 / 11:02 am

    This sounds amazing, and I love the sound of the series! If you like Witches and the like, you should visit the Criminal Museum in Rothenburg, it’s fabulous and full of so much history surrounding them! 🙂

  11. September 13, 2018 / 11:36 am

    It’s was lovely to see you there and we can’t wait to rewatch the first episode tomorrow! Wasn’t the exhibition Spellbound poignant and we left wanting to find out more about witchcraft. x p.s we captured us all waving at the camera on our video x

  12. September 13, 2018 / 12:47 pm

    I can’t wait for this to start, I’ve got it set to series record

  13. September 13, 2018 / 2:33 pm

    So you’re a witch 😳 lol. It looks really good (I’ve never heard of it before), but I’ll tune in x

  14. September 13, 2018 / 8:06 pm

    I’ve not heard of This series before but am glad I haven’t missed the start of the new Series. I’ve already sky+ it so I don’t forget! I’d love to go see the exhibition at the Ashmolean as it sounds utterly fascinating

  15. September 15, 2018 / 8:38 am

    I think I’m gonna check this out. I love supernatural shows so it sounds right up my street.

    Katie xoxo

  16. September 15, 2018 / 12:11 pm

    Oh this sounds amazing! I love shows like this. I’m going to try and find it on catch up because I missed it yesterday!

  17. October 5, 2018 / 9:44 am

    Sounds like an amazing show will have to find out more that’s for sure!

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