ALL ABOARD THE TRAIN TO HOGWARTS!
At least, the one in your mind, because the British Library‘s Harry Potter: A History of Magic expo will make it’s way across the pond this October. In honor of the 20th anniversary of the American release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the New York Historical Society will play home to all things Hogwarts and and the wizarding world.
The exhibit features “the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories” by showcasing rare books, manuscripts, and original artwork.
As you wander through the displays, you’ll no doubt enjoy never-before seen first drafts of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter writings, as well as original illustrations by Mary GrandPré and Jim Kay, who designed the UK and US book covers, respectively.
In addition to the items created for the Harry Potter series, viewers can immerse themselves in artifacts and books that explore the historical studies of astronomy, herbalism, and alchemy, to name a few.
There are hand-painted drawings of mythical creatures familiar to Harry Potter fans.
Sphinxes, phoenixes, unicorns, and centaurs are just some of the mythological creations that await your curiosity.
There’s an authentic 16th century scroll that shows you how to make a Philosopher’s Stone, like the real life alchemist Nicholas Flamel.
The Ripley Scroll is a giant manuscript of sorts that includes imagery and emblems based on a poem written in 1471 by George Ripley, a noted Alchemist of his time. The scroll vividly illustrates the intense processes that are required to make the Philosopher’s Stone, an item that essentially allows one to “cheat death.”
You can explore the practice of Divination, one of Hermione’s less successful subjects, with a crystal globe.
Gaze in wonder at the night sky, as medieval astronomers would.
If you can’t quite make it to NYC for the expo this fall, Scholastic and the British Library have an accompanying book of the exhibit that you can get your wands on.
Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic includes a selection of the artifacts, manuscripts, original artwork, and magical objects that one would see as they made their way through the British Library’s wondrous exhibit.
Additionally, the next installment of the Fantastic Beasts series is due out in November 2018.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the second of five films intended for the series. This branch of the series doesn’t include Harry Potter, but instead we get to explore the earlier roots of Albus Dumbledore and his love/hate relationship with the evil wizard Gellert Grindelwald.
Between the exhibit, books, and a new film, there’s a lot of Harry Potter-ness to save your galleons up for in 2018!