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Wands at the Ready! A New Harry Potter Exhibit Is Coming To New York and You Should be Excited

With all the hype around Harry Potter & The Cursed Child finally making its way to Broadway, Harry Potter fans have even more to look forward to. The first of it’s kind celebrating a single series of books by a living author, ‘Harry Potter: A History of Magic’ is coming to New York’s Historical Society from October 5, 2018 to January 27, 2019. 




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With prices ranging from $21 for adults to $6 for kids, fans of the series can now view original manuscripts, rare books, and even J.K. Rowling’s original pitch letter to publishers. With tons of original material from Scholastic and J.K. Rowling’s own archives, this exhibit is one of the most exclusive of Harry Potter archives to date. 




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The exhibit is split up into sections inspired by the key subjects taught at Hogwarts ranging from Herbology to Defense Against the Dark Arts. 

Tickets just went on sale to the public and while there are lots of time slots still available for the coming months, we’re predicting that this exhibit will sell out very quickly. 




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If you can’t make the exhibit in London or New York, there is a print-version which details a treasure trove of artifacts, including Mary GrandPré’s original pastel illustrations for the novels as well as costumes and set models for The Cursed Child


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This Is J. K. Rowling’s Original Sketch of Hogwarts and It Will Blow Yer Wizard Minds

The Harry Potter exhibition at the British Library contains many fascinating insights into the Potterverse, including original manuscripts and various pieces of inspiration behind the books. It also includes J. K. Rowling’s original sketch for the Hogwarts castle and grounds.


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In the sketch, Rowling has included the lake containing the giant squid behind the castle, with the greenhouses and vegetable garden on the right hand side. These are where the castle’s supply of magical herbs and plants come from, as well as where the students study herbology. In front of the school is the Forbidden Forest and Hagrid’s hut. The Whomping Willow is also sketched, famous for destroying Mr. Weasley’s flying Ford Anglia at the beginning of The Chamber of Secrets, when Harry and Ron crash the car into it. Opposite the forest is the Quidditch stadium with changing rooms on either side, and between the forest and the stadium is a promenade, leading, she has noted, to Hogsmeade. 


The Harry Potter exhibition also contains the original synopsis of the first book, as well as original drafts and manuscripts, which reveal such details as the fact that Dudley was originally called Didsbury, and Professor Trelawney was named Enid Pettigrew. 


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