The British Library announces exhibition to mark 20 years of Harry Potter


LONDON — In case there wasn’t enough Harry Potter magic in the air already with the recent release of The Cursed Child, another exciting development has come to appease those of us confined to the Muggle world.

Don’t feel old yet? How about now? The HP film cast circa 2000.

After a quick trip to the loo to check for grey hairs, we did some research and realised that J.K. Rowling’s debut novel was indeed first published in the UK during the summer of 1997 by Bloomsbury. This is a first edition copy of 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.'

‘This is a first edition copy of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

At the exhibit, fans old and young can expect to find an array of magical objects on display, from wizarding books, manuscripts, and objects, to original materials from J.K. Rowling’s personal archives. Jamie Andrews, Head of Culture and Learning at the British Library, said in a press release: “We at the British Library are thrilled to be working with J.K. Rowling and with Bloomsbury to mark the twentieth anniversary of Harry Potter, and to inspire fans with the magic of our own British Library collections.” The exhibit is set to open Oct. 20, 2017, and will run until Feb. 18, 2018. Tickets will be made available beginning in spring 2017.