“Harry Potter: A History of Magic” (ハリー・ポッターと魔法の歴史) is an international travelling exhibition first set in British Library in London from October 2017 to February 2018, followed by New-York Historical Society in New York from October 2018 to January 2019. The next location of this special Harry Potter exhibition has been revealed recently and it will be Japan in order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first work of Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” in Japan.
Moreover, the exhibition will be held not only in one location but in two cities in Japan: Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art in Kobe (5 September to 8 November 2020) and Tokyo Station Gallery in Tokyo (from 21 November 2020 to 7 February 2021).
The exhibition will be featuring precious historical materials related to magic. The Harry Potter series has been a popular contemporary fantasy across the world over the past two decades, and behind its stories, there are important elements of the culture of magic, spells and fortunetelling which have been inherited around the world including the Great Britain.
In the time when science was not advanced as today, treatments with medical herbs and fortunetelling through astrology were considered as magic, and there are records of magics that people believed in that time as we unravelled old books and documents.
The exhibition will be displaying carefully selected materials related to pharmacology, alchemy, astronomy, imaginary animals such as phoenix and dragon, etc from the collection of the British Library, following the curriculum of the Hogwarts Magic School where Harry and other characters form the movie series attended. Moreover, there will be numbers of valuable materials related to magic including original manuscripts and sketches owned by J. K. Rowling herself.
If you are a Harry Potter’s fan and planning a trip next year, Japan could be the perfect travel destination for you! More details about the exhibition will be announced in near future, so stay tuned and don’t miss the latest news about the Harry Potter exhibition in Japan!