Harry Potter Exhibition Now Open in New York City - Family Traveller (USA)

Illustration by Jim Kay © Bloomsbury Publishing Plc 2016

Journey to where myth and magic began at the New-York Historical Society's new exhibition, Harry Pottery: A History of Magic. Now through January 27, 2019, visitors can explore the folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories.

After an acclaimed opening at London's British Museum, the exhibition hopped across the pond to celebrate the history of magic in the real world mingled with Wizarding World magic, luring in history buffs and Harry Potter fans of all ages.

Harry Pottery: A History of Magic unveils rare books, manuscripts and magical objects from the collections of the British Library and New-York Historical Society. From medieval descriptions of dragons and griffins to the origins of the sorcerer’s stone, guests can explore the subjects studied at Hogwarts and see original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter illustrator Jim Kay.

Astronomical notes and sketches, Leonardo Da Vinci’s notebook © British Library Board

The exhibition is accompanied by a special audio tour featuring the voice of actress Natalie Dormer, providing in-depth content on the objects on view.

All muggles are welcome, but visitors must book a timed-ticket to visit Harry Potter: A History of Magic. It is strongly recommended to book a ticket in advance as availability cannot be guaranteed to walk-in visitors.

Throughout the duration of the exhibition, the New-York Historical Society is hosting engaging and interactive activities that will delight Harry Potter fans of all ages. From trivia nights to art workshops, creative writing classes to social meet-ups, book clubs to open mics, explore the Hogwarts curriculum with an array of family programs.

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