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You Can Now Explore The British Library's 'Harry Potter' Exhibition Online

You Can Now Explore The British Library's 'Harry Potter' Exhibition Online

Good news guys, the British Library has cast a spell and suddenly, a Harry Potter exhibition is now available online for us to explore from the comfort off our sofa.

The Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibit was first put together in 2017 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first book by J.K.Rowling, aiming to take us back in time.

Originally of course, you could head into the physical library in London to check it out. But since we're now in a world where coronavirus means we cannot leave our homes (unless absolutely necessary) the library has decided to bring back the exhibition and put it online for our enjoyment. You guys!

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It is now available virtually through Google Arts & Culture here and it'll no doubt bring some much needed magic into our homes in a time of darkness.

The exhibiton features J.K.Rowling's original book synopsis about plots and characters and rough sketches for Hogwarts (Credit: Warner Bros)
The exhibiton features J.K.Rowling's original book synopsis about plots and characters and rough sketches for Hogwarts (Credit: Warner Bros)

And all you need to do to enter is solemnly swear you're up to no good. No we're just kidding, you can view the exhibit anytime, but if you have kids you could tell them they must declare it before entering.

The curation showcases everything from J.K.Rowling's first book synopsis that she sent to publishers and her original sketch for her vision of Hogwarts and its grounds (complete with giant squid that lives in the lake), to videos from lead curator Julian Henson.

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There's also a chance to explore the 16th Century Ripley Scroll that explains how to create a Philosopher's Stone (aka the elixir of life) and how to study like a wizard.

The exhibition comes following the news that there is a now a Harry Potter At Home hub, which features newsletters, quizzes and even a sorting hat.

Once sorted into your house you'll find everything you need to know about it on the hub too from its history to past wizards and witches who were in your house, plus fun house-related activities and articles.

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We're just so glad there's so much HP content online during lockdown.

There might be coronavirus worry etched into everyone's minds right now "but you know, happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light."

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros.

Topics: Harry Potter, Books, Life News, TV and Film, News, Life

Lauren Bell

A freelance journalist at Tyla with an interest in health and fitness, travel and lifestyle topics, as well as highlighting issues for women. She graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2011 with a BA Honours Journalism degree and ever since has written for various platforms, including Mail Online, The Sun, that's life magazine and b-inspired magazine.

 

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