Harry Potter Exhibition Fuses Wizardry With History
A new exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book’s publication is offering ‘muggles’ with an interest in magic the chance to view rare memorabilia, combined with historic artefacts referenced in the popular series.
“Harry Potter: A History of Magic”, held in the British Library in London, features Potter memorabilia including author J.K. Rowling’s first annotated sketch of Hogwarts school, as well as her handwritten list of its teachers and subjects.
The exhibition also features historic artefacts from the library’s collection, including alchemists’ scrolls from the 1500s and Chinese oracle bones from the 12th century.
The seven Harry Potter books have been translated into 68 languages and have sold more than 400 million copies worldwide, Rowling’s publishers say. The final book in the series was published in 2007, but the series spawned a series of hit films, a U.S. theme park and a hit stage play that have kept the franchise in the public eye.
Rowling herself appears to have enjoyed the blend of her fictional world with the library’s collection. “Encountering objects for real that have in some shape or form figured in my books has been quite wonderful,” she said in a statement. The exhibition runs from October 20 until February 28, 2018.