JK Rowling’s manuscript for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is set to be exhibited at the British Library from 25 May and running until 9 September 2012. It is part of a larger exhibition entitled Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands and includes other visionaries, such as, John Lennon, JRR Tolkein, William Shakespeare and more!  The description of the exhibition is as follows:

[…] explores treasures from the last 1000 years of English literature that have been shaped by the country’s unique spaces and places. From idyllic rural landscapes to gritty cities, the exhibition will showcase a literary map of the British Isles and highlight how writers, from William Shakespeare and Walter Scott to John Lennon and J K Rowling, have recorded the changing spaces of the British Isles in some of their greatest literary works, and in turn inspired their readers to explore the country in new ways.

Named as one of the highlights of the exhibition,

the original manuscript for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, lent by the author, describes Harry Potter’s first encounter with platform 9 ¾ in London’s King’s Cross station. Carefully avoiding the stopping trains via Cuffley and Bayford (strictly for Muggles only), he should pass between Platforms 9 and 10 to reach a magical passage to a fantastic parallel world. This manuscript is part of the exhibition’s ‘Cockney Visions’ section, looking at literature inspired by London.

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