Visit Harry Potter: A History of Magic Exhibition At The British Library - For Free

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No longer do you need to say, Accio London! Harry Potter fans can now experience the magic  of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, from the comfort of their own homes, thanks to the Harry Potter: A History of Magic online exhibition.

You can access this now - for free - through Google Arts & Culture.

The online collection is part of #HarryPotterAtHome,  promoting ways to enjoy the Harry Potter series at home during the Covid-19 pandemic. The initiative also includes J.K. Rowling opening up licencing for teachers to read Harry Potter to their pupils online.

You can also listen to the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as many times as you like for free on Audible. 

Wild About Harry

The Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition originally opened at The British Library in London in 2017. The exhibition only had a short five-month run and it was so popular there were queues around the block to get in. 

The exhibition shares a history of magic using historical artefacts related to magical topics (such as the six metre long Ripley Scroll, a recipe for making the fabled Philosopher’s Stone, seen in the first Harry Potter book), as well as old handwritten notes and drawings by J.K. Rowling herself whilst writing Harry Potter. Fans can also explore artist Jim Kay’s work for the illustrated editions of the Harry Potter series.

It'll Put A Spell On You

Some of the more unusual objects in the exhibition include crystal balls, spells, wands, brooms and cauldrons owned by people who claimed to be real-life 20th-century witches.

The collection is divided—like the original exhibition—into various subjects, most of which are taught at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry: PotionsHerbologyCharmsAstronomyDivinationDefence Against the Dark ArtsCare of Magical Creatures, and Alchemy.

Enter Harry Potter: A History of Magic here. 

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