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New-York Historical Society to Conjure a Harry Potter Exhibition Next Fall

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Art & Design Editor
Updated: 11 September 2017
Following its fall 2017 launch at the British Library, the New-York Historical Society will host a Harry Potter exhibition for American audiences in October 2018.

The first book in J.K. Rowling’s landmark literary series debuted in the United Kingdom as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, published by Bloomsbury in 1997.

Published a year later in the United States by Scholastic as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the New-York Historical Society will unveil the exhibition titled Harry Potter: A History of Magic to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the famed series’ inaugural tome in the U.S.

The exhibition will grace American audiences following its run at the British Library in London from October 20, 2017 through February 28, 2018.

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Harry Potter: A History of Magic will exhibit “rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from the British Library’s collection,” the New-York Historical Society explains, “capturing the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories.” Original sketches and drafts by J.K. Rowling and illustrator Jim Kay will go on view alongside “U.S.-specific artifacts from New-York Historical’s collection.”

In October 2017, Scholastic will publish Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic—the first of two accompanying books for the bi-continental celebrations. “Aimed at a family audience, this book showcases a selection of the amazing artifacts, manuscripts, original artwork, and magical objects included in the exhibition,” according to the New-York Historical Society.

Next October, the publishing house will release Harry Potter: A History of Magic, a “lavishly produced, full-color coffee-table book” published in collaboration with the curators at the British Library.

Ticket information and exhibition details will be announced closer to the time of unveiling.