Monday 4 September 2017

Magic School: Hogwarts Curriculum Lectures

The British Library is turning into Hogwarts with a series of lectures and courses on magical subjects to run alongside its exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic, which opens on 20 October. The classes cover potions, charms, divination and the history of magic from a variety of perspectives. Here is a list of the Hogwarts Curriculum Lectures coming up:
  • Astronomy with Maggie Aderin-Pocock: Sun 29 Oct 2017, 2pm-3.15pm
  • Herbology With Anna Pavord: Sun 12 Nov 2017, 2pm-3.15pm
  • Potions with Jane Pettigrew: Sun 26 Nov 2017, 2pm-3.15pm
  • Care of Magical Creatures with Patrick Aryee: Sun 3 Dec 2017, 2pm-3.15pm
  • Alchemy with the Science Museum: Tue 12 Dec 2017, 7pm - 8.15pm
  • History of Magic with Irving Finkel: Sat 13 Jan 2018, 2pm-3.15pm
  • Defence Against The Dark Arts with Christopher Frayling: Mon 22 Jan 2018, 7pm - 8.15pm
  • Charms with David Halpern: Thu 25 Jan 2018, 7pm - 8.15pm
  • Divination with Marc Salem: Thu 15 Feb 2018, 7pm - 8.15pm
Full price tickets for the talks are £15, member, student and registered unemployed tickets are £10. The talks take place in the British Library Knowledge Centre. For more details visit or call 01937 546546

The library is also running longer courses on the art and history of magic:
  • Picturing Magic: starting Sat 21 Oct 2017
  • Medieval Magic and Astrology starting Tue 24 Oct 2017
  • Witchcraft in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: starting Wed 1 Nov 2017
Fees are from £295 full price, £250 for students and members. The courses run at the Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB. Visit

The pictures show the potions class set at the Harry Potter Studio Tour, the Ripley alchemical scroll and the British Library doors.

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