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A Harry Potter exhibit will explore the history of magic at the New York Historical Society

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Jan 4, 2018

At Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the most boring subject is considered to be "A History of Magic." Taught by the only ghost teacher at the school, Professor Binns, the students space out or fall asleep despite lectures on bloody giant wars and goblin rebellions. Only Hermione Granger ever really paid attention in the class, taking extensive notes on Binns's monotonous droning.

That said, A History of Magic exhibit is coming to the New York Historical Society in the fall of 2018 and running through January 2019. It will be moving from London where it is currently on display at the British Library. 

"Capturing the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories, Harry Potter: A History of Magic unveils rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from the collections of the British Library, New-York Historical Society, U.S. Harry Potter-publisher Scholastic, and other special collections," says the Society's website. "Visitors can explore the subjects studied at Hogwarts and see original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter illustrators Mary GrandPré and Jim Kay."

The timing is perfect as next fall marks the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone being published in America by Scholastic. To mark the exhibit's arrival, a companion book (also named Harry Potter: A History of Magic) will be released by the publisher. The Society calls it "A collaboration between the publishers and British Library curators, this lavishly produced, full-color coffee-table book will make the exhibition experience available to everyone."

Members of the Historical Society can buy tickets on February 14 at 12 p.m. while members of the general public will have to wait until April to reserve a spot. 

With a Harry Potter mobile game on its way and a Fantastic Beasts sequel arriving next winter, 2018 will truly be a magical year.