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Harry Potter: A History of MagicA British Library Exhibition at the New-York Historical SocietyOctober 5, 2018 – January 27, 2019
Capturing the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories, “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” unveiled century-old treasures including rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from the collections of the British Library and New-York Historical Society — with original material from Harry Potter publisher Scholastic and J.K. Rowling’s own archives. From medieval descriptions of dragons and griffins to the origins of the sorcerer’s stone, explore the subjects studied at Hogwarts and see original drafts and drawings by Rowling as well as Harry Potter illustrator Jim Kay.
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the U.S. publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone — the first book in the series — one can view illustrator Brian Selznick’s cover art designed by for the 20th anniversary edition of the Potter series, published by Scholastic in June 2018. Mary GrandPré’s illustrations created for Scholastic’s original editions — are on public display for the first time—as well as costumes and set models from the award-winning play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.”
The exhibition is accompanied by a special audio tour featuring the voice of actress Natalie Dormer—available to ticket holders as a free Audible download—providing in-depth content on the objects on view.
All visitors must book a timed-ticket to visit Harry Potter: A History of Magic. We strongly recommend booking your ticket in advance; availability cannot be guaranteed to walk-in visitors.
Extended hours for the final week:
Harry Potter: A History of Magic
New-York Historical Society170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street)New York, NY 10024
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