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Celebrating 20 Years of Potter at the British Library

From the manic years of teenage angst, Harry Potter has emerged into the refined decade of his 20’s. Although his birthday was more than a week ago, the celebrations continue over in London, where the British Library is serving up some HP love with a brand spanking new exhibit.

The Library, located just around the corner from the story’s iconic origins, Platform 9 ¾, is hosting the tell-all exhibit from October 20th until February 28th, 2017. It’s an unprecedented exhibit for more reasons than just the monstrosity of HP artifacts it’s rumored to house this fall. The show is an inaugural event for the Library, as it will be the first exhibit inspired by a single work (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone) of a living author.

The show will feature original material from J. K. Rowling’s archives as well as items from the Bloomsbury Publisher’s collection. It was also focus on the origins of the Philosopher’s Stone, showcased through a historical look at magic around the world, ancient manuscripts and historical tales of witchcraft and wizardry.

The Library is thrilled to be hosting the exhibit and working first hand with Rowling. “The British Library is a magical place for book lovers,” Rebecca McNally at Bloomsbury publishing told The Guardian. “They are the perfect partners for a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition exploring a once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomenon, a thrilling celebration of magic and imagination with Harry Potter at its heart.”

We can’t wait!

 

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