Immerse Yourself in the Magic with the British Library’s Free ‘Harry Potter’ Online Exhibit

Credit: The British Library

Crack open that textbook by Bathilda Bagshot and get ready to take a magical trip.

While the all of the Harry Potter attractions may have closed, Potterheads can still relive the magic of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World right from the comfort of their own homes.

The British Library is holding an online exhibition called Harry Potter: A History of Magic through Google Arts & Culture. The online collection is highlighted as part of #HarryPotterAtHome, a series put on by the Wizarding World franchise team in an effort to promote alternative ways to enjoy the Harry Potter series during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The initiative began with J.K. Rowling opening up licensing for teachers to read the Harry Potter books to their pupils online via selected educational platforms.

Credit: The British Library/Wizarding World Digital

The Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition originally opened at The British Library in London in 2017 as a collaborative effort between Wizarding World Digital (formerly known as Pottermore), The British Library, and Bloomsbury.

The exhibition shares the history of magic using historical artifacts related to magical topics, old drawings, manuscripts and synopses created by J.K. Rowling when she was writing the books. Jim Kay’s artwork is also on display. The collection is divided into the subjects taught at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, including Potions, Herbology, Divination and Defense Against the Dark Arts.


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