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Get a behind-the-scenes peek into J.K. Rowling's world.

Talia Avakian
April 04, 2017

Harry Potter fans will be able to get a behind-the-scenes peek at the series and marvel at never-before-seen pieces from author J.K. Rowling at a new exhibit opening in the British Library in London later this year.

The exhibition, titled “Harry Potter: A History of Magic,” will open at the library in October, taking visitors through a fascinating collection of wizardry books, manuscripts, magical objects, and original materials from Rowling’s archives.

Clockwise from top left: © J.K. Rowling; © British Library Board; © British Library Board

Inspired by the subjects the characters in the series would have studied at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the display will take magic lovers through medieval manuscripts covering everything from potions and herbology to caring for magical creatures.

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The exhibition will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone" ("Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" in the U.S.), delving into the origins of the story.

Visitors will also be able to gaze at original drafts and drawings by both Rowling and illustrator Jim Kay, ranging from drawings of a mandrake for the illustrated edition of “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” to an early handwritten draft of Rowling’s "Sorting Hat" song, according to Pottermore.  

© British Library

There will also be original manuscripts and editorial notes from the series’ publisher, Bloomsbury.

Besides the exhibition, the library itself features a variety of fascinating items to explore, including Leonardo Da Vinci’s personal notebook.

The exhibit runs from October 20, 2017 through February 28, 2018, though tickets are already for sale on the library’s website. 

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