Potterheads, get ready to say “Accio plane ticket!” This fall, the British Library in London will be launching ‘Harry Potter: A History of Magic,’ an exhibit honoring the 20th anniversary of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ (we know it as ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ here in the U.S.). American fans should not be too disappointed, though. Scholastic will be publishing a book accompanying the exhibit at the same time!
‘Harry Potter: A History of Magic’ runs from October 20 through February, and then it will move to the New York Historical Society in October 2018. The exhibit will uncover rare books and manuscripts from the British Library’s archives, highlighting the connection between J.K. Rowling’s magical mythos and the actual history of British folklore that influenced the stories about our favorite witches and wizards. The exhibit will also display never before seen drafts by Rowling and drawings by Harry Potter illustrator Jim Kay.
As mentioned before, the exhibit will also come with its own book! ‘Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic’ will be published on October 20 and will give fans a sneak peek of what to expect out of the exhibit. This is not unlike reading the ‘Cursed Child’ script in anticipation of the play coming to the U.S.. Kay’s illustrated version of ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ will also be published in October, due out on October 3. These sound way more interesting than the ‘History of Magic’ textbooks used by Harry, Ron, and Hermione!
With all of these new experiences coming up, fans have just enough time to dust off their robes, grab a Butter Beer, and prepare to relive the magic of Harry Potter!