Harry Potter

Harry Potter

A History of Magic

Book - 2017
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"Harry Potter: A History of Magic is the official book of the exhibition, a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between Bloomsbury, J.K. Rowling and the brilliant curators of the British Library. It promises to take readers on a fascinating journey through the subjects studied at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry -- from Alchemy and Potions classes through to Herbology and Care of Magical Creatures.Each chapter showcases a treasure trove of artefacts from the British Library and other collections around the world, beside exclusive manuscripts, sketches and illustrations from the Harry Potter archive. There's also a specially commissioned essay for each subject area by an expert, writer or cultural commentator, inspired by the contents of the exhibition -- absorbing, insightful and unexpected contributions from Steve Backshall, the Reverend Richard Coles, Owen Davies, Julia Eccleshare, Roger Highfield, Steve Kloves, Lucy Mangan, Anna Pavord and Tim Peake, who offer a personal perspective on their magical theme.Readers will be able to pore over ancient spell books, amazing illuminated scrolls that reveal the secret of the Elixir of Life, vials of dragon's blood, mandrake roots, painted centaurs and a genuine witch's broomstick, in a book that shows J.K. Rowling's magical inventions alongside their cultural and historical forebears.This is the ultimate gift for Harry Potter fans, curious minds, big imaginations, bibliophiles and readers around the world who missed out on the chance to see the exhibition in person."--from the Book Depository.
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781408890769
Characteristics: 249 pages :,illustrations (some colour), portraits (some colour) ;,28 cm.
Additional Contributors: British Library

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ravenclawprefect
Sep 06, 2018

Please cancel your hold...
Now I have to pay a fine...

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krish7
Aug 16, 2018

LOVE IT.

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shlby69m
Jul 28, 2018

Very interesting historical museum artifacts. Drafts of Rowling's writings not so interesting. the binding poorly done so pages were falling out.

Chapel_Hill_MaiaJ Jul 19, 2018

If you're a fan of Harry Potter, I definitely recommend picking up this gem! Having not been to the British Library exhibit myself, I'm so glad I can experience at least a part of it through this volume. Here you can find reproductions of historical artifacts about magical history and creatures, such as the first volume to describe the basilisk--JK actually used some of these historical volumes for reference while writing HP! Not only that, but you can see reproductions of JK's hand-written first drafts, notes, sketches, and other artifacts documenting the history of the novels themselves. Seeing her notes and changes and iterations is fascinating and gives special insight into her writing process.

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Librarian_at_Large
Mar 27, 2018

Wonderful! Lovely! ...

SPPL_Anna Mar 20, 2018

Having gone to the exhibit in the fall of 2017, this little look at it is lovely, but I am very much hoping that the full book is published here soon as it includes everything.

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