British Library’s ‘Harry Potter: A History of Magic’ also goes to New York

Following the success of ‘Harry Potter: A History of Magic’ at the British Library in London, the exhibition has now travelled to New York. It is open at the New-York Historical Society until the 27th of January 2019.

© Phoenix illustration by Jim Kay Bloomsbury Publishing Plc 2016. Original design by the British Library 2017.

The exhibition celebrates the 20th anniversary of the US publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, combining centuries-old manuscripts, rare books and other treasures from the British Library and New-York Historical Society, along with original drafts, sketches and correspondence from publisher Scholastic and J.K. Rowling’s own archives.

Some of the star items on display in the exhibition are:

Tombstone of Nicholas Flamel
© Paris, Musée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge

Vincenzo Coronelli’s celestial globe, Venice, 1699
General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University

The Ripley Scroll, detail
England, ca. 1570
General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University

Harry Potter: A History of Magic was the British Library’s most successful exhibition ever with over 170,000 visitors between October 2017 and February 2018. The exhibition broke new ground for the Library’s public programmes and this partnership with New-York Historical Society means the exhibition will continue to inspire new audiences around the world.

Jamie Andrews, Head of Culture and Learning at the British Library, says: ‘We were thrilled to welcome so many visitors to our Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition in London – and this next phase of the exciting journey means the story isn’t over. We are delighted to be collaborating with our friends at the New-York Historical Society, and other international partners, to share this magical exhibition with people of all ages in the United States.’

For those attending the Walpole New York Trade Delegation this week, visit for exhibition opening times and to purchase tickets.

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