Harry Potter: A History of Magic Exhibition

Have you ever wanted to delve into Divination, ponder the peculiarities of Potions and discover magical creatures? Now you can.

Working in partnership with the British Library, Bournemouth and Poole Libraries are proud to host the Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition.


On display from 20 October – 30 December in Bournemouth Library and from 8 January – 28 February at Poole Central Library, the exhibition will be capturing the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories, including potions and alchemy, divination and magical creatures.


Running alongside the exhibition in Bournemouth Library will be the chance to see images of the original manuscripts of ‘Frankenstein’ from the Shelly-Godwin Archive and in  Poole Central library, courtesy of Poole Museum, there will be borrowed exhibits to include  a mummified cat and 19th century apothecary bottles from Parkstone.  Live screenings will also be held in Poole Library and Hamworthy throughout the period.


All ages are welcome throughout the duration of the exhibition. A quiz and crafts will be provided for children.


The British Library’s major exhibition in partnership with Bloomsbury, Harry Potter: A History of Magic, is open in London from 20 October 2017- 28 February 2018.

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