Friday 20th October 2017-28th February 2018
Journey to where magic and myth began with Harry Potter: A History of Magic at Portsmouth Libraries.
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, Portsmouth Libraries will be capturing the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
At Portsmouth Central Library we are lucky to be hosting an exhibition from October 20th of twelve panels of information and images from the British Library’s exhibition in London, which showcases collections and archived materials connected to the Hogwarts subjects, featuring content from the British Library, Bloomsbury publishers and J.K. Rowling's own archive. We will also be bringing together some of Portsmouth's own archives to display with our panels, including archives on witchcraft in Portsmouth and magic and mystery from the Arthur Conan Doyle collection.
To complement the exhibition we will be hosting a wide ranging programme of events for all ages - turn the page to discover more!
For tickets ask in the Portsmouth Library hosting the event or telephone the library.
The Harry Potter: A History of Magic regional displays have been created in association with the British Library throughout the Living Knowledge Network, an innovative partnership with 21 major libraries across the UK.
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. Book your ticket for this extraordinary new addition to J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World at www.bl.uk. Join in the conversation on social media using the hashtag #BLHarryPotter.
Read more in our Harry Potter event leaflet
October Half term activities:
Free Drop in activities for children: just pop in during library opening hours!
All libraries: Harry Potter colouring in.
Dragon Egg Hunt - find the hidden Dragon eggs to win sweets!
Saturday 28th October 10am-3pm: Halloween at Beddow Library: face painting, stories and activities!
A Bubbling Cauldron of Activities including: Harry Potter themed table top activities, an Owl Quiz and Halloween trail.
Take your photo in front of the Platform 9 ¾ wall
Write a letter to Harry Potter and receive a reply
Hunt the wizarding symbols around the library
Harry Potter activity sheets
Owl search- find the craft Owls to win sweets!
These events are all ticketed so please drop-in or call the relevant Portsmouth library to book.