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. The Library will be delving deep into the archives to bring you a display of magical treasures and tales and celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

The exhibition will include books on witches, fantastic beasts and all things supernatural dating back hundreds of years as well as a specially curated Herbology Room that will bring the magical world of Harry Potter to life.

Event Highlights:

Harry Potter Quiz Night

Friday 24th November, 7.30pm

Do you know your Wampus Cat from your Bowtruckle? Could you pick Hermione’s wand out of a line-up?

A special late night quiz held in our very own Harry Potter room where we will be armed with questions from the experts at Pottermore. Test your knowledge of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, see how you fare against our Curator’s Curious Conundrum and win some brilliant prizes.

Tickets: £2 per person. Book here

Licensed bar will be available from 6.30pm.


History of Magic Experience

Sunday 3rd December, 11am – 3pm

Join us for the launch of Harry Potter: A History of Magic Exhibition with  stalls, activities and special guests.

Suitable for all ages.


British Library Live Screenings

The Harry Potter Effect

Thursday 23rd November, 7pm

How have the Harry Potter books changed the landscape of children’s literature?

20 years on, journalist Nicolette Jones, author Katherine Rundell, Publishing Director of Children’s Books at Bloomsbury Rebecca McNally and social commentator Shami Chakrabati discuss the Harry Potter effect – on both literature and our cultural consciousness.


Women, Witches and Witchtrials

Tuesday 5th December, 6pm

This event includes Private View of the exhibition and Curator Tour

Anita Anand chairs a panel of expert historians including Margo Burns, the x10 great-granddaughter of one of key protagonists of the Salem Witch Trials, Malcolm Gaskill, and Ulinka Rublack as they discuss the history of witchcraft and gender roles within it.


More information about the exhibition and the accompanying events can be found here.

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