Thursday 5th Apr 2018
Good news for American Harry Potter-loving history buffs. Tickets for the Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition are on sale from today. Here’s everything you need to know.
The British Library’s Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition is coming to the U.S. this October, and we can announce that tickets are now officially on sale.
Those who have attended the exhibition in London will know that Harry Potter: A History of Magic is a huge celebration of Wizarding World history and real-life history, all meticulously curated with a collection of artefacts from The British Library’s archives, as well as some on loan from elsewhere, including from Bloomsbury, Scholastic and J.K. Rowling herself.
The New York exhibition will feature a few special US-focused artefacts not seen at The British Library, such as Harry Potter artwork by Brian Selznick and Mary GrandPré, created for Scholastic editions of the books. In keeping with its new American home, A History of Magic will also feature a study of the Woolworth Building, which features in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as the location of MACUSA headquarters. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Botanical Garden Library, Yale University and the American Museum of Natural History Library are also named as lenders to the exhibition.
‘We are proud indeed to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the U.S. publication of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by bringing this special exhibition across the pond to American audiences,' said Dr. Louise Mirrer, president and CEO of the New-York Historical Society. ‘The show offers a unique opportunity for Happy Potter fans as well as history lovers to engage in and enjoy the history of magic that makes J.K. Rowling’s works such extraordinary literature.’
As was the case with the British Library, the exhibition will be themed by Hogwarts subjects, with rooms displaying artefacts based around Potions and Alchemy, Divination, and Charms, to name a few.
The exhibition will run from 5 October this year to 27 January 2019, and will be peppered with exciting events for kids and grown-ups to enjoy during its run. Look out for more details on those at the New-York Historical Society’s website. Tickets are now available here.
Harry Potter: A History of Magic will also be supported by accompanying books, which you can read more about here.