When we heard about the “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” exhibit — which included the release of two new books! — everything about it sounded better than we could imagine. Except for one HUGE detail: It was only in the UK. But now our muggle dreams have come true, as the magical experience is finally coming to the US.
On view at the British Library in London until February 28 and coming to the New York Historical Society this fall in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the American publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the exhibit spans the history of the franchise as well as the IRL culture of folklore and magic that influenced JK Rowling while she was writing her beloved stories.
It will feature rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from the collections of the British Library, so you’ll get the chance to explore subjects learned by students at Hogwarts and see original drafts and drawings by JK Rowling and illustrators Mary GrandPré and Jim Kay.
This is incredible news for any Harry Potter fan and just another reason why 2018 is such a stellar year for the franchise. With Harry Potter and the Cursed Child debuting on Broadway and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Crimes of Grindelwald coming to theaters on November 16, there are plenty of enchanted experiences coming up for magic-loving muggles.
“Harry Potter: A History of Magic” will run from October 5, 2018, to January 27, 2019. Tickets will go on sale for New York Historical Society members starting February 14, and will then be available to the general public in April.
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