From the mysteries of divination to the Philosopher’s Stone, explore articles and collection items from the Library and beyond with our History of Magic website. 


What's my Thai horoscope?

What's my Thai horoscope?

Our curator for Thai, Lao and Cambodian collection explains the importance of divination in Eastern culture.

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The magic of the British Library

Julian Harrison, lead curator of the Harry Potter exhibition, takes a look at the magical items housed within the British Library.

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A history of magic

Harry Potter: A brief history of magic

Julian Harrison, lead curator of medieval historical manuscripts here at the Library, picks out collection items from our Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition

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Shop our Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition range

Oxblood Portrait Backpack

A small(er) but perfectly formed version of our Portrait Backpack, this one is designed for Gryffindors who like to pack lightly.


Harry Potter: A History of Magic Exhibition Book

Take a fascinating journey through Hogwarts subjects – from Alchemy and Potions to Herbology and Care of Magical Creatures.


Albus Dumbledore Funko

Bring a part of Hogwarts home. From the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Funko presents this Dumbledore POP vinyl figure.