Harry Potter: A History of Magic at the British Library


Phoenix (detail) by Jim Kay © Bloomsbury Publishing
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 J.K. 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 J.K. Rowling’s archives. Learn more about your favourite Hogwarts school subjects including potions, herbologyastronomy 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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Adult Ticket: £16.00 (USD22.12) per ticket
Child Ticket (5 to 17 years old): £8.00 (USD11.06) per ticket
Concession Ticket: £5.00 to £11.00 (USD6.91 - USD15.21) per ticket

Children under five years old go free. Family tickets are also available.

Venue Details & Map

British Library

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

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