American Harry Potter fans are in for a few different treats in 2018. Not only will they get a sequel to the wildly popular Newt Scamander spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but a blockbuster exhibition of magical artifacts to serve as a chase. In the fall, the immersive exhibition “Harry Potter: A History Of Magic,” which drew massive crowds in England, will make its way stateside, debuting in New York City. The exhibition features rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects, some of which contain excerpts from J.K Rowling’s original drafts of the series.
To mark the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, the book that turned the beloved character into a household name and has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, “Harry Potter: A History Of Magic” was created as a 2017 exhibit for The British Library and using many of that institutions holdings. The exhibit does not simply feature Potterica, but genuine artifacts related in various ways to the plots of J.K. Rowlings books. Illuminated manuscripts featuring dragons and the Philosopher’s Stone (dubbed Sorcerer’s Stone in America) feature in the smartly curated exhibit, which was met with rave reviews when it opened in London. The nice thing — specifically for parents — is that the exhibit is intended to be enjoyed on multiple levels by history buffs and Harryheads alike.
New York Historical members will be able to purchase and tickets on Valentine’s Day while the general public will have to wait to buy tickets until April. “Harry Potter: A History Of Magic” is expected to run in New York City from Oct. 5, 2018 to Jan. 27, 2019. Though no such itinerary has been announced, don’t be shocked if it moves on to Chicago or Los Angeles after that.