London has embraced celebrating the 20th year of the first release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The city has delivered lots of great events and exhibitions throughout the year. In October, the British Library launched an exhibition showcasing ‘Harry Potter: A History of Magic’ which is open until February 2018.
Lots of us grew up (including adults) reading or watching the Harry Potter series. I can’t believe it has been 20 years since the book was released. There was always such excitement waiting for the next instalment to come out; both lining up for the next book or trying to get the first tickets to the cinema!
The event was so popular with the fans that there are no weekend dates left so if you haven’t had a chance to grab tickets you may need to take some time off to catch the exhibition. Unfortunately, I was unable to take photos inside as it was banned 🙁 . I also don’t want to spoil what’s in the exhibition so I will just give a quick rundown!
Has everyone got their wands at the ready! Because you’ll be going on a magical experience. The British Library has assembled a room for every lesson that was taught in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. There are classrooms for potions, alchemy, herbology, astronomy, charms, divination, defence against the dark arts and care of magical creatures. It does make you wish that magic did really exist!
If Hogwarts doesn’t make you excited! Then the British Library has put together an impressive collection of books and original documents penned by J.K. Rowling. Personally, one of the most exciting parts of the exhibition is reading some of the unpublished chapters of the books. Make sure you read the chapters!
In the potions room, you get to learn to make potions, turns out that my potions were super unsuccessful and ended blowing up haha!
Explore the artworks Jim Kay (if you weren’t aware he was the artists for some of the artwork in the books).Watch Jim create some of his works in this video.
By your tickets for Harry Potter: A History of Magic here and let me know your thoughts about the exhibition!