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Harry Potter: A History of Magic

October 05, 2018
January 27, 2019

Illustration by Jim Kay © Bloomsbury Publishing Plc 2016


Journey to where magic and myth began! Join us in October 2018 for Harry Potter: A History of Magic, British Library exhibition. New-York Historical Members can ​book tickets starting February 14. ​Book tickets​ here​. ​General public tickets go on sale in April​.​

Capturing the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories, Harry Potter: A History of Magic unveils rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from the collections of the British Library, New-York Historical Society, U.S. Harry Potter-publisher Scholastic, and other special collections. Visitors can explore the subjects studied at Hogwarts and see original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter illustrators Mary GrandPré and Jim Kay. Harry Potter: A History of Magic is currently on view at the British Library in London through February 28, 2018.

September 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the U.S. publication of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, following the 20th anniversary celebrations of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the U.K. in 2017.

In 2017, Scholastic published one of two accompanying titles, Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic. Designed for a family audience, this book showcases a selection of the amazing artifacts, manuscripts, original artwork, and magical objects included in the exhibition. In fall 2018, to accompany the exhibition in New York, Scholastic will also publish the official comprehensive companion book, Harry Potter: A History of Magic. A collaboration between the publishers and British Library curators, this lavishly produced, full-color coffee-table book will make the exhibition experience available to everyone.

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Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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