Explore a history of magic and myth in our new exhibition, in partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing as part of their 20 Years of Harry Potter Magic celebrations.
Ever wanted to delve into Divination, ponder the peculiarities of Potions and even unearth how to care for magical creatures? Now you can. Step into our exhibition, Harry Potter: A History of Magic, and discover bewitching items and artefacts in an experience inspired by subjects taught at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
We unveil rare books, manuscripts and magical objects, capturing the traditions of magic, folklore and mythology often found in literature. You’ll learn about the myths and folklore that underpin the themes and imagery brought to life in the Harry Potter stories and which provide a backdrop to Harry, Ron and Hermione’s world of wizardry and witchcraft. British Library archive material will sit alongside drafts and drawings from Bloomsbury Publishing and J.K. Rowling’s personal archives.
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Image credits:A phoenix, in Guy de la Garde, L’Histoire et description du Phoenix (Paris, 1550) British Library G.10992; Study of a mandrake by Jim Kay (copyright Bloomsbury Press)