Harry Potter: A History of Magic is Coming to the New-York Historical Society

Harry Potter: A History of Magic
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We are so excited about the new exhibit, “Harry Potter: A History of Magic,” a British Library exhibition that is sure to be the ultimate experience for Harry Potter fans. On display at the New-York Historical Society,the exhibit will feature the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories where you’ll be able to see century-old treasures including rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from the collections of the British Library and New-York Historical Society, with original material from Scholastic and J.K. Rowling’s own archives.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic
Photo by Jacob Meydenbach

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From medieval descriptions of dragons and griffins, to the origins of the sorcerer’s stone, visitors can explore the subjects studied at Hogwarts and see original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling as well as Harry Potter illustrator Jim Kay.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the U.S. publication of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, New-York Historical will display illustrator Brian Selznick’s artwork that will appear on the covers of the Harry Potter series to be published by Scholastic later this year. Also on view will be Mary GrandPré’s illustrations created for Scholastic’s original editions of the novels and costumes and set models from the broadway production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Complementing the exhibition throughout its run will be a host of engaging and interactive activities sure to delight Harry Potter fans of all ages. Tickets for monthly fun trivia nights, which will put fans’ knowledge of the Wizarding World to the test, will be on sale on April 26 as well. Additional family and adult programs will be unveiled in the coming months.

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Gold filigree case containing a bezoar, spherical, used as a remedy for many diseases

Ticket Info for “Harry Potter: A History of Magic”

Harry Potter: A History of Magic will be open from October 5, 2018–January 27, 2019. Tickets can be purchased at harrypotter.nyhistory.org  on April 26th for timed-entry tickets. The tickets cost $21 for adults, $16 for seniors (65+), $13 for students, $6 for kids ages 5–13, and free for children ages 0–4; tickets include admission to the rest of the Museum.

Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday 10 am–6 pm, Friday 10 am–9 pm, and Sunday 10 am–5 pm from October 5, 2018–January 27, 2019. The last entry will be 45 minutes before closing.

Visit harrypotter.nyhistory.org for FAQ and to purchase tickets. Some programs may involve additional costs.


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