Oh. My. Dumbledore.
Yesterday I went with a friend to see the exhibition in London about the history of Harry Potter…. and of magic. “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” gives you the experience and insight not only to the magical world that J. K. Rowling has created, but also to the inspirations she had, and the beliefs in magic stretching back hundred of years, including a cauldron that had been thrown into the river Thames over two thousand years ago.
There were texts showing an invisibility spell, an alchemists scroll with the instructions to make the Philosopher’s Stone (although of course as all Potterheads will know, the only recent creators are Nicholas Flammel and Albus (Percival Wulfric Brian) Dumbledore, and as such these should be our point of reference now), stunning maps of the stars, crystal balls, and sheets upon sheets of stunning works, including one by Da Vinci himself, which was so beautiful I almost sobbed. There were early plans for the Potter books, drawings by J. K. Rowling, illustrative paintings and drawings by Jim Kay.
I can’t begin to list the amazing things I saw yesterday. It was moving in so many ways. The wonders of the crossover between science and religion, the historic change from original nature based wise crones to the traditional ‘witch’ image we have today, the real remains of 500 year old plants, the true magic of wisdom of sages…. I could have spent at least three weeks in there, reading everything time and again, and it never be too much.
I’m a proud geek. I taught myself the basics of both Latin and Egyptian hieroglyphics just ‘because’. I dare not count the exact number of books I own, and my ‘to read’ pile never gets shorter. I have cried over the thought I will never be able to read all the books I want to before I die. It’s probably obviously to any Potter fans reading this that I am indeed a Ravenclaw. Learning new things is possibly my favourite thing in the world. So this was a perfect exhibition.
It was decorated from top to bottom, perfectly and fittingly, from flying keys to red cloths over lamps in the divination area. Honestly I wish I had booked to see it at least three different times, just for how amazing it was.
It’s also worth saying how disabled friendly it was, with all members of staff being incredibly helpful, the shop being well spaced out, there being a lift option for all areas where there were steps, the exhibition itself easy enough to maneuver around. All in all, a pretty magical trip.
The exhibition is now sold out, but panic not! The accompanying book that is readily available has all the things you need to see in it. Promise I’m not being sponsored, just fully aware that there are millions of Potter fans, and only so many tickets.
It really was like being sucked into the world of Harry Potter, if only for a little while. We nipped across to the shop in Kings Cross after as well, to find some more exciting things. Here’s a picture of my HP charm bracelet with the new charms on!
My Ravenclaw charm came first, then my Hogwarts letter, then yesterday I found Niffler! My friend bought the Snitch, then in 9 3/4 found a set of four charms including a Snith, soooo one Snitch came to me, along with separators…. All of which have spells on them. “Obliviate”, “Stupefy”, “Alohamora” and “Expelliarmus”.
I’m a happy little Muggle today.