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A spellbinding journey through JK Rowling’s magical inspirations-Harry Potter: A History of Magic, British Library

The Boy Who Lived becomes The Boy With More Books Than Hermione in this spectacular collaboration between JK Rowling’s publisher Bloomsbury and the British Library (calling in multiple favours from the British Museum and Wellcome Collection, among others).<p>Philip Pullman's The Book of Dust: La Belle …

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Magic and History Collide in New Harry Potter Exhibit

The British Library in London opened the doors to “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” on October 20, with pre-sales of the tickets topping 45,000. A …

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Londra, alla British Library la mostra dedicata al maghetto Harry Potter

Si intitola <b>Harry Potter: A History of Magic</b> ed è la mostra in corso alla <b>British Library</b> di Londra tutta dedicata al maghetto, nata per festeggiare i …

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The Magic That Inspired J.K. Rowling to Create Harry Potter

A new exhibition at the British Library in London reveals how author J.K. Rowling relied on the real history of magic and alchemy to create her wizarding world in ‘Harry Potter.’<p>LONDON—A six-foot scroll preserved since the 16th century is stretched out on a table offering instructions for the …

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Wizard! The magic of Harry Potter at the British Library

Swearing, scrapped characters, editors’ notes – JK Rowling’s exhibits are a treasure trove for fans of Hogwarts<p>When he wrote a poem for his secretary and lover Betty Mackereth in 1976, Philip Larkin sent it with a note: “Flog it to Texas if it seems embarrassing.” The joke was self-indulgent: …

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British Library celebrates 20 years of Harry Potter

It has been 20 years since the world fell under the spell of boy wizard, Harry Potter.<p>It has been 20 years since the world fell under the spell of boy wizard, Harry Potter.<p>The publication of the first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, launched a multibillion-dollar franchise.<p>An …

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J.K. Rowling's Original Harry Potter Pitch To Publishers Is Pure Magic

Most of us can remember the first time we picked up a Harry Potter book. Whether it was read to you by your parents, or whether you were cramming in …

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Start Your Magical Education at the British Library’s New Harry Potter Exhibition

Perhaps you spent your youth waiting for an owl to arrive on your doorstep, bearing a parchment letter with a wax seal, which would beckon you to …

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12 facts even the biggest Harry Potter nerd won’t know

Like the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets deleted mermaid scene<p>It might be 20 years since the first book was released, but that doesn’t mean our passion for Harry Potter shows <i>any</i> sign of dying out. Now, excitingly, there’s a chance to delve even deeper into Hogwarts life, thanks to the …

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There's a Harry Potter exhibition in London and yes, it's magical

Bit keen on magic, are you? Got a bit of a soft spot for a bespectacled wizard by the name of Harry Potter? SAME. So, I imagine you’ll be pleased to …

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The best things to see at the British Library’s Harry Potter exhibition

Grab your Hogwarts trunk and go to King’s Cross. Then swerve Platform 9¾, make a right and head into the British Library, where the brand new …

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Harry Potter at the British Library: Five magical objects you need to see

Listen up Muggles, this is your magical history lesson

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Harry Potter showcased with bones and cauldrons in London

LONDON: The British Library has conjured to life the magical world of Harry Potter in a new exhibition featuring the oldest objects in its collection …

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Harry Potter exhibition blends wizardry with history

LONDON (Reuters) - A new exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book’s publication is offering ‘muggles’ with an interest in magic the chance to view rare memorabilia, combined with historic artefacts referenced in the popular series.<p>“Harry Potter: A History of …

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Broomsticks and dragon bones in British Library's Harry Potter magic show

Manuscripts for JK Rowling’s books mix with a centuries-old mermaid and a witch’s crystal ball in hotly anticipated exhibition<p>It’s all true, and the incontrovertible proof has gone on display in the British Library. Side by side with original manuscripts and illustrations for the Harry Potter …

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Expelliarmus! The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Swoops Into The British Library

Harry Potter fans need to head to The British Library. Copyright Tony AntoniouThe British Library's new exhibition takes us into the wizarding world …


British Library transforms into magical Harry Potter exhibition

The British Library has opened a new exhibition featuring artefacts, sketches and documents from the Harry Potter franchise.<p>A History of Magic looks at the traditions and mythology behind the global phenomenon.


Celebrate Harry Potter’s 20th Anniversary + More London Events

As the nights draw in and sunshine becomes a distant memory, many Londoners retreat inside. Fair, but there’s no need for your brain to go into …

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Manuscripts from famous English, Irish writers exhibited in East China - Culture

Original manuscripts by four great writers from the United Kingdom and Ireland will go on display at a museum in East China's Zhejiang province on …

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Where to find unusual images for your design projects

You need an image for your design quickly. But sometimes you don’t know quite what you’re looking for. You want something offbeat, unusual or just …


One week to go before the opening of Harry Potter: A History of Magic

The exhibition features a blend of magical contributions from J.K. Rowling, Bloomsbury, the British Library themselves and many more.<p>As you can see, …

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The 10 best things to do this week: remembering George Michael

The singer’s legacy campaign kicks into overdrive as the anniversary of his death approaches. Plus: Armando Iannucci’s star-studded Soviet satire hits cinemas<p>Music<p><b>Jessie Ware</b><br>After a three-year gap, dinner-party favourite Jessie Ware is back with more sophisticated hush-pop in the shape of …


The best and most bizarre advice for British women heading to colonial India

In 1847 a book called <i>Real Life in India</i> by “An Old Resident” offered advice to British ladies going to live in India. This covered clothing, equipment for the voyage, household management, and ways of passing the time.<p>A long list of essentials for the voyage was provided. Women were told to take …

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An ancient Anglo-Saxon book of plants has a cure for the common cold, but you may not like it

The only surviving ‘Old English Herbal’ book bears similarities to Ayurveda – except for a few key ingredients.<p>According to an ancient Latin text on …

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The very real magic of Harry Potter

<b>As the Harry Potter series turns 20, Lucy Davies looks at the British Library’s new show about the history behind the wizarding world</b><p>Harry Potter came a long way from 4 Privet Drive over the course of JK Rowling’s seven novels. If, like me, you read them all – 3,407 pages and 1,084,170 words of …

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Spider Love

<i>Spider Love</i> is a new play inspired by the political and philosophical beliefs of Harold Pinter and his Hackney Gang. Pinter captured their youthful …


The King's Library

About the collection<p>The collection of George III, who reigned from 1760 to 1820, contains books printed mainly in Britain, Europe and North America …


An Overly-Ambitious London Bucket List (In Six Days or Less)

Shares 285<p><i>Looking forward to seeing some pastel pink sunsets again.</i><p>There’s a clear difference between visiting a place and moving there, which you …


BBC Radio 6 Music - Cerys Matthews, Cerys on 6, Steve Cleary from the British Library

Steve Cleary, lead curator of the British Library's Season of Sound, brought us audio examples from this most exciting new exhibition at the British Library's 'Season of Sound'.