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The official companion book to the British Library exhibition and the ultimate gift for Harry Potter fans!As the British Library unveils a very special new exhibition in the UK, Harry Potter: A History...
The official companion book to the British Library exhibition and the ultimate gift for Harry Potter fans!As the British Library unveils a very special new exhibition in the UK, Harry Potter: A History...
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  • The official companion book to the British Library exhibition and the ultimate gift for Harry Potter fans!

    As the British Library unveils a very special new exhibition in the UK, Harry Potter: A History of Magic, readers everywhere are invited on an enchanting journey through the Hogwarts curriculum, from Care of Magical Creatures and Herbology to Defense Against the Dark Arts, Astronomy, and more in this eBook uncovering thousands of years of magical history.

    Prepare to be amazed by artifacts released from the archives of the British Library, unseen sketches and manuscript pages from J.K. Rowling, and incredible illustrations from artist Jim Kay.

    Discover the truth behind the origins of the Philosopher's Stone, monstrous dragons, and troublesome trolls; examine real-life wands and find out what actually makes a mandrake scream; pore over remarkable pages from da Vinci's notebook; and discover the oldest atlas of the night sky.

    Carefully curated by the British Library and full of extraordinary treasures from all over the world, this is an unforgettable journey exploring the history of the magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories.

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    An album of highlights from the British Library's 2017 exhibit commemorating the 20th anniversary of Harry's first publication.The exhibit, scheduled to cross the pond in 2018, will eventually get a full catalog, but in the meantime, this makes a handsome place holder. Arranged to reflect the Hogwarts curriculum ("Potions and Alchemy," "Defense Against the Dark Arts," etc.), the sections each offer a mix of drawings and work-in-progress pages from J.K. Rowling's archives, images from old manuscripts or printed books, pictures of artifacts (notably a 3,000-year-old cauldron and a real bezoar), and splendid Renaissance-style portraits of select characters by Jim Kay. Along with such fan-wowers as Rowling's original typed synopsis of the first episode and a deleted chapter from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, glimpses of pages from Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks, ancient Chinese oracle bones, an Ethiopian book of charms, and a Thai divination manual testify to the exhibition's historical and geographical reach. The accompanying notes include introductions to both Leonardo and the real Nicholas Flamel along with quick comments on witchcraft, alchemy, herbology, and diverse occult practices--plus pull quotes from the novels and a few perfunctory recipes for "potions" or other hands-on activities. Nods to spinoffs, from one of the author's handwritten copies of The Tales of Beadle the Bard to the screenplay and set for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, bring Harry's epic tale up to the present.A handsomely produced and properly tantalizing overview of rare treasures from both the series and the cultural context that inspired its magical setting and world. (Nonfiction. 9-14)

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