Calling all Potterheads - a Harry Potter exhibition has opened in London with broomsticks, wands and J.K Rowling's original work.
More than 30,000 fans have already snapped up tickets to take a look at the Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition at The British Library.
On display is an impressive collection of rare books, manuscripts and magical objects - and they are all based on Hogwarts subjects (think Divination, Potions and Defence Against the Dark Arts).
From the tombstone of Nicholas Flamel to a small black crystal ball, the exhibition features centuries-old British Library treasures.
Not only that, but material from J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury’s own collections will go on display for the very first time.
The author said: “The British Library has done an incredible job.
"Encountering objects for real that have in some shape or form figured in my books has been quite wonderful and to have several of my own items in the exhibition is a reminder of twenty amazing years since Harry was first published.”
Exhibition highlights include; an annotated sketch of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry by J.K. Rowling, complete with the giant squid that lives in the lake, J.K. Rowling’s handwritten list of the teachers and subjects at Hogwarts and original artwork by Jim Kay for the illustrated Harry Potter editions, including paintings and sketches of Harry Potter, the Hogwarts Express, Dumbledore, Professor McGonagall and Hagrid.
Curator Julian Harrison added: “We’re thrilled to welcome visitors and Harry Potter fans alike to Harry Potter: A History of Magic.
"We’ve loved discovering the magical traditions that lie behind the Harry Potter books, and we’ve encountered so many amazing artefacts along the way.
“The exhibition takes visitors on a fascinating journey through the history of magic – from mermaids to crystal balls, from broomsticks to garden gnomes! It’s been enormous fun choosing the exhibits.”
How to get tickets
Harry Potter: A History of Magic runs from Friday October 20 – Wednesday February 28 2018.
Address: Euston Road, Kings Cross, NW1 2DB.
You can buy tickets (£16 for adults, £8 for children) at the library’s website .
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