Wednesday, 29 November 2017

A Visit to the British Library’s “Harry Potter: A History of Magic British Library Harry Potter A History of Magic
Many thanks again to my editor, Rebecca Rego Barry, for posting my article 'A Visit to the British Library’s “Harry Potter: A History of Magic.”' Nearly a month since its opening, we finally got to see Harry Potter: A History of Magic at the British Library in London. I’ve seen some of the items on the internet before (e.g., J.K. Rowling’s original sketches on Pottermore) and heard the quotes from past interviews with the author, but it was of course extraordinary to see the objects from her collection in person. This is the first major exhibition that explores the rich and diverse qualities of her stories, in relation to traditions of folklore and magic. There was a video of Rowling shown in which she said that that she invented 90-95% of the magic in the Potter books; the exhibit gives us an idea of the kind of research she would have done in creating Harry’s world. Continue reading the article over at Fine Books & Collections

Photos: (above left) Outside St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel just across the road from the British Library, the impressive building seen in the film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets when Harry and Ron missed their train to Hogwarts and took the flying Ford Anglia. (Below) J.K. Rowling’s drawing of the “opening to Diagon Alley in six stages," photograph taken from my copy of British Library's Harry Potter A History of Magic book. J.K. Rowling Diagon Alley opening in six stages

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