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Harry Potter: A History of Magic

Event, Exhibition (temporary) 20 October 2017 - 28 February 2018
a 13th century painting of a phoenix engulfed in flames, rising from the fire.

A phoenix rising from the ashes ina 13th-century bestiary

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    • Ever wondered how to make a Philosopher’s Stone? Or tried to crack the secret to Divination? Well this spectacular new exhibition at the British Library has everything you'll need to delve into magical past and discover the spells and stars that inspired the world of Harry Potter. Marvel at the mystical creatures, the mysterious potions and the magical spells that made up traditional magic and folk-lore. Lay your eyes upon the never-before-seen original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling and illustrator Jim Kay. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone this autumn at the British Library.
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