Harry Potter: A History of Magic – Secondary school and college sessions

Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition at the British Library, Fri 20 Oct 2017 – Wed 28 Feb 2018
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  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7797
  • Email: learning@bl.uk
  • Admission: Free entry

Have you ever wanted to delve into Divination, ponder the peculiarities of Potions and discover enchanting creatures? Now you can.

We unveil rare books, manuscripts and magical objects from the British Library’s collection, capturing the traditions of folklore and magic which are at the heart of the Harry Potter stories. Marvel at original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling and illustrator Jim Kay, both on display for the first time.

Our free sessions for UK Primary and Secondary schools take learners on an activity-led journey into the gallery, developing literacy and creativity and supporting cross-curricular learning. They will encounter myth and magic through the ages and experience extraordinary collection items and rarely seen objects up close.

For the first time we are offering exclusive schools-only sessions in the gallery. This is the perfect opportunity to bring a class or a whole year group to the British Library to see this truly magical exhibition. Places for Primary schools are also available. 

Please note, sessions are free but a cancellation policy applies.

We expect this exhibition to be very popular with schools and we recommend you book early to avoid disappointment. See the calendar for dates and times of school sessions, which are on select Tuesdays and Wednesdays at fixed times.

In partnership with Bloomsbury.


Further information about the exhibition


Age group: Year 7 – 13
When: -
Availability: View current availability
Length: 75 minutes. Groups must arrive 15 minutes before their session is due to start.
Group size:

Minimum group size is 20 learners and the maximum is 30. Each timed slot can accommodate up to 120 learners, in 4 separate groups of 20-30.

Key skills: Literacy, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Visual Literacy, Cross-Curricular Learning
Price: Admission: Free entry
Where: British Library St Pancras
Enquiries: +44 (0)20 7412 7797
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