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Harry Potter at the British Library: Something magical is happening

  • Published: 8 Aug 2016
The British Library is excited to announce a new exhibition about the magic of Harry Potter, set to open in autumn 2017, marking the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

'I've got to go to the library!”- Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

The British Library is excited to announce a new exhibition about the magic of Harry Potter, set to open at the Library in autumn 2017, and marking the 20th 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.

From medieval descriptions of dragons and griffins, to the origins of the philosopher’s stone, the exhibition will take readers on a journey to the heart of the Harry Potter stories.

It will showcase an extraordinary range of wizarding books, manuscripts and objects, and combine centuries-old British Library treasures with original material from Bloomsbury’s and J.K. Rowling’s archives.

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 20th anniversary of Harry Potter, and to inspire fans with the magic of our own British Library collection.'

More information about the exhibition will be released early in 2017, and tickets will be on sale from spring 2017.

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