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Explore the ancient myths, magic and legends behind the Harry Potter stories, 20 years on from when the first book was published. Read More


Discover the origins of JK Rowling’s wizarding world with Harry Potter: A History of Magic at the British Library.

Marking the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the exhibition explores how traditional folklore and the ancient art of alchemy inspired the much-loved stories.

Delve into the library’s extraordinary collection of century-old treasures, from fascinating medieval manuscripts and illustrations, to mystical objects, as well as material from Bloomsbury’s and JK Rowling’s archives. Learn more about your favourite Hogwarts school subjects including potions, herbology, astronomy and care of magical creatures, as you move from one section of the exhibition to another; and celebrate the ongoing magic of the Harry Potter series.

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British Library

96 Euston Road
+44 (0)1937 546 060
Public transport:
Mainline stations: Euston, King's Cross or St Pancras are the nearest stations. Tube stations: Next to King's Cross (Northern, Victoria and Piccadilly lines) and within walking distance of Euston.

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