It's no castle, but the British Library will channel its inner Hogwarts next year with a collection of enchanting books and artifacts from the wizarding world of Harry Potter. The exhibition, announced on the heels of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child's sold-out theatrical debut, will coincide with the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. “We at the British Library are thrilled to be working with J.K. Rowling and with Bloomsbury… to inspire fans with the magic of our own British Library collections,” says Jamie Andrews, Head of Culture and Learning at the British Library.
The goal is to transmute the lore for which Harry Potter fans have shown an unquenchable thirst with the mythological elements of humankind's actual past. The London institution says they will showcase "an extraordinary range of wizarding books, manuscripts and objects, and combine centuries-old British Library treasures with original material from Bloomsbury’s and J.K. Rowling’s archives." Design Week reports that the British Library is seeking an exhibition designer who will be programming original artwork for the show, but the call for entries has not yet been announced.
Below, see images of both the Hogwarts castle at Universal Studios and the British Library. If you squint, they both look pretty magical.
The British Library exhibition, which has not yet been named, will run from October 20, 2017 through February 28, 2018.