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A new exhibition explores the magic behind J.K.Rowling’s classic blockbuster


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Harry Potter at the British Library
New exhibition explores the history behind the books. Photo: Tony Antoniou
Twenty years ago J.K.Rowling published the first Harry Potter novel unleashing a world of witchcraft and wizardry on us lowly muggles. To celebrate this, the British Library will be spending the next four months uncovering the roots of the books, exploring where the myth and magic began.

Unveiling rare books, manuscripts and magical objects from their vast collections, original drafts of J.K.Rowling’s novels will be on display for the first time, as will the 16th century Ripley Scroll explaining how to create a Philosopher’s Stone.

Somali festival and Harry Potter at the British Library
Elsewhere in the BL, the Somali festival kicks off this week. Photo: PR
Not much of a magic fan? Not to worry, the Library, as always, has a jam-packed calendar of events, talks, exhibitions and tours as the winter months roll in, including talks on female sex writing (21st Nov), Artificial Intelligence (6th Nov) and a celebration of the extensive works of Pablo Neruda (1st Dec).

Throughout October the BL will also be marking Black History Month, culminating in a week-long festival of Somali music, poetry, literature, art and panel discussions on the topic of Home and Displacement (from Fri 20th).

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Harry Potter: A History of Magic runs Fri 20 Oct – 28th Feb. British Library, open daily until 6pm, 96 Euston Rd, NW1. More here.

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