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Harry Potter: A History of Magic

Harry Potter: A History of Magic
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3 Dec 2017 - 29 Jan 2018

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Room 700, Leeds Central Library

Central Library, Municipal Buildings, Calverley Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AB

Journey to where magic and myth began with Harry Potter: A History of Magic at Leeds Central Library.

Have you ever wanted to delve into Divination, ponder the peculiarities of Potions and discover magical creatures? Now you can. In partnership with the British Library, Leeds Central Library will be capturing the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories. Delving deep into their archives to bring you a display of magical treasures and tales from your local area, celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone with Leeds Libraries.

This magical exhibition will include rare books on witchcraft, fantastic beasts and the dark arts that would not look out of place in a Hogwarts classroom. There will also be a series of events for all ages to bring the world of Harry Potter to life.

The exhibition will also include until January 2nd 2018-

The Herbology Room:

 “Three times a week they went out to the greenhouses behind the castle to study Herbology … where they learned how to take care of strange plants and fungi… “

(JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone)

The Herbology Room … a space filled with botanical illustrations and extraordinary plants inspired by the magical plant studies of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter stories … in the heart of Leeds Central Library.

 The Herbology Sessions:

As part of their collaboration with Leeds Central Library and The British Library exhibition, The Plant Room will also be curating a collection of workshops and talks that will take place in the Herbology Room. These include; a closed terrarium workshop, bookbinding, wreath making, charms and smudge sticks, storytelling and life drawing.  

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  • Literature
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