Harry Potter: A History of Magic

Friday 1st December 2017 - Wednesday 28th February 2018

Delve into a world of witchcraft and wizardry at The British Library

This new exhibition takes you on a spellbinding journey through the magic and myth that inspired the Harry Potter books.

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone with this extraordinary new addition to J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

On display for the first time are original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling and illustrator Jim Kay.

A must for any Potter fan worth their wand

Rare books, manuscripts and magical objects from the British Library’s collection are on display – the items capture the traditions of folklore and magic which are at the heart of the Harry Potter stories.

See the gargantuan 16th-century Ripley Scroll that explains how to create a Philosopher’s Stone. Gaze at Sirius in the night sky as imagined by medieval astronomers. Encounter hand-coloured pictures of dragons, unicorns and a phoenix rising from the flames.

Members can visit the exhibition for free. For more information and tickets click here.

  • Location

    The British Library
    96 Euston Rd
    Kings Cross
    London NW1 2DB