Harry Potter: A History of Magic
I am just going to go ahead and say it: I am a massive Harry Potter fan. So when I heard about the exhibition that was going to be hosted at the British Library in London, I knew I would have to go and so I did a couple of weeks ago.
I obviously really enjoyed it. Most of it was not actually about Harry Potter per se but, as the name of the exhibition would suggest, about the history of magic. There were a lot of old books with records of potion making dating back several centuries, for example.
There were also a lot of original drawings from J. K. Rowling herself and that she lent to the British Library from her personal collection. I was impressed to see that how she was picturing the characters a good ten years before the films came out was so close to the actors that were cast for the roles. This probably goes to show how invested she was in the process and how clear in her mind the whole universe was / still is.
My inner language nerd was also happy to find towards the end of the exhibition a few of the books in different languages and trying to guess what language they were written in - it does not take much to entertain me as I spent a good fifteen minutes doing this.
The exhibition is closing next week so it's probably too late for anyone to book tickets if they have not already but if you are interested I would recommend checking the book that came along with the exhibition as a lot of the exhibited items can be found in the book as well. I bought it before it's such a gorgeous book and I wanted to spend more time looking at some of the items than I could while visiting the British Library.