Harry Potter Exhibition At The British Library

Discover enchanting creatures and potions in Harry Potter: A History of Magic at the British Library (from 20 Oct).

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of J K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the British Library is unveiling magical objects and rare books and manuscripts from its collection which capture the folklore and magic traditions that are at the heart of the Potter stories.

Jamie Andrews, head of culture and learning at the British Library, says, ‘We are thrilled to be working with J K Rowling and with Bloomsbury to mark the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter, and to inspire fans with the magic of our own British Library collection.’

The exhibition is inspired by the subjects that Harry and his pals study at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, including potions, herbology, astronomy and care of magical creatures.

Highlights include original drafts by J K Rowling and original hand-coloured pictures of dragons, unicorns and a phoenix rising from the flames drawn by the illustrator Jim Kay, which are on display for the first time. You can also see a 16th century Ripley Scroll, which explains how to create a Philosopher’s Stone.

Going Potty for Potter

Dark Arts at Warner Bros
The world of Harry Potter is set to get even darker over Halloween, as the temporary attraction Dark Arts comes to Warner Bros Studio Tour (from 1 Oct). Practice wand combat techniques against a Death Eater dressed in embroidered robes and hand-painted masks from the films and see footage of Paul Harris – the world’s only wand combat choreographer, who developed the battle scenes involving You-Know-Who’s henchmen. Scurry down Diagon Alley, the wizarding shopping street from the books and films, which will have dimmer lighting and more foreboding music than usual. The set will be patrolled by evil He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named’s followers.

Small Car Big City
The world of Harry Potter comes alive on a Small Car Big City Harry Potter Tour of London, as you travel to key sights from all the films in a chauffeur-driven classic Mini Cooper. You’ll squeeze between two buses over Lambeth Bridge, just like Harry did on the night bus; see the arcade that inspired Diagon Alley and cower on the bridge where the Death Eaters swooped down from above. Once you’ve retraced the stars’ footsteps and recreated your favourite scenes, you’ll finish at Platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross Station – just in time to catch the Hogwarts Express back home. Pick-up is available throughout Zone 1. www.smallcarbigcity.com.


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