Lonely Planet Writer

A Harry Potter exhibition with treasures from J.K. Rowling is coming to America

Harry Potter fans better get planning a visit to New York .  “Harry Potter: A History of Magic,”  exhibition will have original drafts and drawings from J.K. Rowling, and will open at the New-York Historical Society in October .

A visitor looks at a crystal ball at “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” exhibition at the British Library in London. Image: Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images

Wizards and muggles alike will enjoy the extensive exhibition, which celebrates 20 years of Harry Potter fandom. It will even feature the original pitch letter that J.K. Rowling crafted, which twelve publishers rejected before Bloomsbury picked it up. Original drafts and drawings by illustrators Mary GrandPré and Jim Kay are also on display, as well as never-previously-seen Harry Potter artefacts. This exhibition is currently on display at the British Library in London and will remain there until the end of February.

A visitor looks at a book of ‘Care of Magical Creatures’ the “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” exhibition at the British Library in London. Image: Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images

Items on display include rare books, manuscripts and magical objects from the British Library, New-York Historical Society, US Harry Potter publisher, Scholastic, and other special collections. They capture the traditions of magic, folklore and mythology that underpin the themes and imagery brought to life in the Harry Potter stories, providing a backdrop to Harry, Ron and Hermione’s world of wizardry and witchcraft. Visitors to the exhibition will also have the opportunity to explore the subjects studied at Hogwarts in-depth.

A painting of Professor Dumbledore at ‘Harry Potter: A History of Magic’ exhibition at the British Library, Image: Niklas Hallen/AFP/Getty Images

For further information on the New-York exhibition of “Harry Potter: A History of Magic,” see here.