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Potterheads! There’s a new Harry Potter book and exclusive NYC museum

Attention all Potterheads, there’s a new book to add to your magical library, and for the lucky ones who live in New York there’s a museum exhibit to see.

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Museum Exhibit

Harry Potter: A History of Magic is a British Library exhibition at the New York Historical Society. The exhibit runs from October 5th to January 27, 2019. After a successful run at the British Library, the museum exhibit came to New York to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. 

Historic magic and the magic of Harry Potter are displayed throughout the museum to show how the two are intrinsically connected. The exhibit features centuries old rare books about things from medieval dragons to griffins. It delves into the historic and cultural background to Harry Potter. There are artifacts, like the tombstone of Nicholas Flamel. Who is a real person. Whaaat?

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It also, of course, has all things Harry Potter. Featuring drafts of the books to illustrations and original editions.

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One really cool Harry Potter tidbit that is on display is the first review of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Alice Newton is the daughter of Nigel Newton, the head of Bloomsbury Publishing. It was her ecstatic review that convinced Nigel Newton to publish the book.

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It even has costumes from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! 

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The museum tour comes with an audio tour narrated by Natalie Dormer.

Accompanying Book

For those of us not lucky enough to live in New York, there is a book accompanying the exhibit that is available to purchase. Harry Potter: A History of Magic was re-released in America on October 9. The book was previously published in the U.K. last year. The book comes with pictures of manuscripts, sketches, information about spell books, and the history of the magic behind Harry Potter. 


I don’t know about you guys, but I will be living vicariously through this book and wish that I lived closer to New York.

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Featured image: Bloomsbury Publishing 


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