Magic is might – and if Daily Prophet’s and The Quibbler’s calculations are correct – we are celebrating 20 amazing years since we first read about Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Just around the corner from King’s Cross St. Pancras, one of the world’s greatest libraries, The British Library – is hosting majestic exhibition about History of Magic that also unveils the world of Harry Potter.
Exhibition runs until 28th February 2018
Therefore, all you Harry Potter fans, can take your Griffindor’s scarfs and muggle-made shoes into a walk and pay a visit to the fascinating exhibition hosted by the British Library. Tickets can be booked on the official website: https://www.bl.uk/events/harry-potter-a-history-of-magic
Get ready to be blown away by the hovering potions under Wingardium Leviosa spell! Don’t worry, nobody had cast Leviosaaaa or anything of the sort, so potions won’t land on your head. That’s for sure.
This is just the beginning. There are plenty of other cool stuff that will grab your attention whether or not you are a true Harry Potter fan. You will be amazed by beautiful display of books that have inspired J.K. Rowling to open up the door of famous Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where students learn about Potions, Herbology, Divination, Care of Magical Creatures and Defence Against the Dark Arts. Among these you will also be able to see centuries old manuscript that describes how to make the Philosopher’s Stone. And what if we tell you that you can even try and make your own potion?
Today’s culture has changed, transformed and it is probably miles away from the general understanding of the world from 1500s. Because of that very reason, magic is not really a thing nowadays. Technology is the one that is dominating now and topic about magic may feel like some distant mythology. However, what is really interesting is how J.K. Rowling’s genius mind has connected real world and world of magic in her Harry Potter books. Talking about connecting the worlds, you will be able to see J.K.Rowling’s thoughts in the form of the original handwritten draft of chapter 17 of The Philosopher’s Stone.
To some of us talking about books and mentioning word library may sound very boring but don’t get fooled. The British Library is far away from being boring. On this exhibition in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture, they are using augmented reality technology where you can virtually spin the 400 years old Celestial globe dating from 1693, made by Vincent Coronelli and dive into the universe in search and exploration of very old constellations. Those constellations had their names of course and get ready for this! They share their names with one of the main characters of the seven Harry Potter books: Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, Bellatrix LeStrange and Draco Malfoy.
People are also saying that words that we speak have power. Well of course, we can make someone feel happy, sad or worried by the words that come out and sometimes once we say them there is no way back. These are the obvious effects of the spoken word. You might even be surprised, but people also believed that when you say certain word that there is a real power produced as a result of it. You might guess where I am now going with this. For instance when someone from Harry Potter world says “Lumos” the light appears out their wand. Similarly, certain group of people who lived back in the days, believed that word “Abracadabra” can be used as a cure for malaria! There is a written record of that and you will also be privileged to see it.
- Battersea Cauldron, on loan from Trustees of the British Museum. © Trustees of the British Museum
The Ripley Scroll, England, 16th century Copyright British Library Board
Chinese oracle bones Copyright British Library Board
DETAIL – A phoenix rising from the ashes in a 13th-century bestiary Copyright British Library
We hope that you like our little insight into this very exciting exhibition. What we can’t write about is all the emotions and excitement that you are going to get from the actual experience.
If for some reason you can’t make it to see the exhibition in London, don’t despair as all of the magic is coming to New York in October 2018! For all of you that live or find yourself in the USA – New York – get ready to welcome Harry Potter: A History of Magic at the New-York Historical Society.