The Jakarta Post
The “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” exhibition, which celebrates the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book, is will run from Oct. 20, 2017 through Feb. 28, 2018 at the British Library in London.
Muggles who are interested in magic are invited to view various Harry Potter memorabilia, along with historical artifacts that served as references for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
As reported by Antara, one of the highlights of the exhibition is a sketch of the Hogwarts School of Magic, with additional notes from author J.K. Rowling, including the names of Hogwarts teachers and school subjects.
An illustration of Fawkes, Professor Dumbledore's loyal Phoenix, is on display during the 'Harry Potter' exhibit preview on Oct. 18. (AFP/Niklas Halle'n)
J.K. Rowling was delighted to see the exhibit combining the authentic history of magic with her creation, as she expressed in a recent tweet:
Guess what this is? I've just seen it and was mesmerised... pic.twitter.com/ZSWjpUGH8E— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 17, 2017
Aside from memorabilia associated with Rowling and the Harry Potter books, the exhibition also features historical artifacts from the library’s own collections, which include an alchemist’s parchment from 1500 and scorched and cracked Chinese oracle bones believed to have come from dragons.
The Ripley Scroll, a sprawling, 16th-century artifact that shows how to make a philosopher's stone, is one of the historical items on display in the 'Harry Potter: A History of Magic' exhibit at the British Library. (AFP/Niklas Halle'n)
The gargantuan 16th-century Ripley Scroll, which explains how to create a philosopher’s stone, is also on display, along with the star Sirius – which is also called the Dog Star – as imagined by medieval astronomers.
More information on the exhibition can be found at the British Library's official website. (asw)
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