Friday 14 April 2017

I Got Tickets for the London Harry Potter Exhibition!

I've booked tickets for the very first day of an exhibition at the British Library this autumn called Harry Potter and the History of Magic and I am really looking forward to it.

Marking the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the exhibition will open on 20 October 2017 and run until 28 February 2018. Seeing as it is on at the British Library, the focus of the exhibition is books - but not simply rare copies of the JK Rowling fiction. It is actually a history of magic using historic books, manuscripts and objects, and combining centuries-old British Library treasures with original material from Bloomsbury’s and J.K. Rowling’s archives.

It includes illustrated scrolls showing the true origins of alchemy and the Philosopher's stone, bestiaries detailing what our ancestors believed about the phoenix, ancient grimoires and other handbooks of spells and drawings of magical plants including the mandrake.

You can read a fascinating article by the exhibition curator on the British Library website, called Harry Potter: A brief history of magic, which gives more details.

Jamie Andrews, Head of Culture and Learning at the British Library, said: “We at the British Library are thrilled to be working with J.K. Rowling and with Bloomsbury to mark the twentieth anniversary of Harry Potter, and to inspire fans with the magic of our own British Library collections.”

The first book in the series of Harry Potter novels, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was originally published by Bloomsbury in 1997. Since then Bloomsbury has published all seven of the Harry Potter novels in children’s and adult editions, three charity books – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard, and the Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Tickets are now on sale at

The photo at the top shows a facsimile of an alchemical manuscript, the Ripley Scroll, which I photographed at the Science Museum a few years ago, the middle picture shows a book cover and the picture at the bottom is is a PR photo copyright Tony Antoniou.

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