A Harry Potter Exhibit Is Coming to The British Library This Fall

Apr 8, 2017

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Harry Potter fans, rejoice! The British Library in London — where you can view important historical documents like the Magna Carta and Gutenberg’s Bible, as well as handwritten lyrics by The Beatles — is opening a new exhibit dedicated to all things Harry Potter in honor of the 20th anniversary of her first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Americans know this novel as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone). From October 20, 2017, to February 28, 2018, Harry Potter: A History of Magic will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at J.K. Rowling’s masterpiece, featuring original manuscripts, photos and notes from her publisher, Bloomsbury, and a look into the history and mythology that inspired her to write the wildly popular seven-part series.

Each room of the exhibition will be dedicated to a class the students at Hogwarts would be required to take, including Defense Against the Dark Arts, Potions and Divination. Fans will be able to view original illustrations from Jim Kay and text from Rowling, as well as more than 100 historical artifacts that helped to shape her magical universe, like an illustration of a Phoenix rising from the ashes that dates back to 1550, a 16th-century illustration from Germany of an alchemist in robes and a mystical 15th-century drawing of dragons.

While entry to The British Library is complimentary, you will need to purchase tickets to view the Harry Potter exhibit, which you can do through its website by choosing the date and time you’re planning to visit. Prices are listed in British pounds and start at about $20 (16 GBP) for adults age 18 and older, $14 (11 GBP) for seniors over 60 and $10 (8 GBP) for students with a valid ID and children ages 5-17, while children ages four and under get in free.

H/T: Travel + Leisure

Featured image courtesy of The British Library’s Facebook page.

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