Building on the novels' traditions of folklore and magic, this exhibit from the British Library showcases centuries-old treasures including rare books, manuscripts and magical objects as well as costumes and set models from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Items unique to the New York City presentation include Mary GrandPré’s pastel illustrations for the cover artwork of Scholastic’s original editions of the novels, on public view for the first time; the author's hand-drawn sketch of the Hogwarts grounds; early letters between J.K. Rowling and American editor of the series Arthur A. Levine; and the steamer trunk used to transport a signed copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince on the Queen Mary to the U.S. Admission requires a timed ticket which also includes access to the rest of the museum. Visit harrypotter.nyhistory.org for tickets and the complete schedule of public programming.
Jacob Meydenbach, Ortus Sanitatis. Courtesy, New York Historical Society