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Reserve Tickets for Harry Potter: A History of Magic in New York
Posted by Megs

Fans who wish to see Harry Potter: A History of Magic during it’s stay in New York will be able to reserve tickets as early as February 14th, according to Pottermore. However, that date is only for New-York Historical Members, if you’re not a member, you can reserve tickets once they go on sale for the general public in April.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic arrives in the US on 5 October and will run until 27 January 2019. The exhibition marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the United States by Scholastic.

The UK celebrated their publishing milestone last year, and the British Library accompanied the festivities with a packed exhibition focusing on the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the stories.

Their exhibition included everything from Jim Kay’s original artwork to ancient ‘magical’ manuscripts to notes written by J.K. Rowling. When the exhibit moves to New York it will be augmented with special items from the collections of both the New-York Historical Society and Scholastic, so don’t expect it to be identical…

New-York Historical Members can reserve advance tickets for the US exhibition beginning on 14 February at 12pm. Visit nyhistory.org to learn more, and follow @nyhistory for the latest updates.

Filed Under: Harry Potter: A History of Magic
BBC Announces ‘A History of Magic’ Documentary; Exhibit Coming to New York
Posted by Megs

BBC has announced a new documentary, A History of Magic, which is based off The British Library’s exhibition opening next month. This documentary features  an interview with J.K. Rowling where she discusses items she has personally donated to the exhibit. Harry Potter: A History of Magic opens to the public on October 20th at The British Library. The exhibit will also be making it’s way to New York in October 2018, making a stop at the New-York Historical Society.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic will unveil rare books, manuscripts and magical objects from the British Library’s collection, capturing the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories. Exploring the subjects studied at Hogwarts, the exhibition will include original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter illustrator Jim Kay – all on display for the first time.

And as it travels from London to New York, the exhibition will evolve to include US-specific artefacts and items from the collection of US Harry Potter publisher Scholastic.

BBC has released the following information on the documentary which will air on BBC Two. An air date has not yet been revealed.

It’s 20 years since J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone first cast its spell on readers across the globe, thanks to the charm, warmth and imagination of its wizarding world. But Rowling’s fantastical creation wasn’t entirely make-believe…

To mark the 20th anniversary of her book, the BBC presents an enchanting new documentary, uncovering the real life traditions of magic at the heart of Harry Potter.

A thrilling journey through legends, belief and folklore, this film goes behind the scenes with the British Library as they search to tell that story through objects in their collection, in an ambitious new exhibition: Harry Potter: A History Of Magic. J.K. Rowling, who is lending unseen manuscripts, drawings and drafts from her private archives (which will sit alongside treasures from the British Library, as well as original drafts and drawings from Jim Kay) talks about some of the personal items she has lent to the exhibition and gives new insight into her writing, looking at some of the objects from the exhibition that have fired her imagination.

Readings from famous fans playfully recreates some of the best loved spells, potions and magical moments from the books, and, as we follow the process of the exhibition, we discover modern magic’s counterparts (from real life wandmakers to Quidditch enthusiasts). In doing so we discover an unexpected relationship between magic, belief and science: from the Anglo-Saxon spells that cure MRSA; to the so-called witches who pioneered contemporary medicine; to the ancient stargazers who first mapped the wonders of the night sky.

It was commissioned for BBC Two by Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two and Mark Bell, Head of Commissioning BBC Arts, and the Executive Producer is Janet Lee. The Producer/Director is Jude Ho for BBC Studios.

Filed Under: Books, Harry Potter: A History of Magic, Harry Potter: The Exhibition


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