Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > Europe
Reload this Page >

London- Harry Potter exhibition @ British Library

London- Harry Potter exhibition @ British Library

Nov 2nd, 2017, 06:09 AM
Original Poster
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 65,597
London- Harry Potter exhibition @ British Library

Anyone interested / traveling to London over the next few months, there is a new HP exhibition at the BL. Looks terrific.

janisj is online now  
Nov 2nd, 2017, 06:14 AM
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 34,663
I heard about that, but alas, I'm home now. I'm sorry it wasn't on while I was there.
crefloors is online now  
Nov 2nd, 2017, 07:31 AM
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 3,843
Yesss, I already have my ticket. Less than two months to go, yay!
marvelousmouse is offline  
Nov 2nd, 2017, 02:22 PM
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 8,922
I'll keep this post hidden from Tracy

maitaitom is offline  
Nov 2nd, 2017, 05:27 PM
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 346
It's on my list for my next trip in early December! Are you well enough to keep the London trip on Janis?
kmowatt is offline  
Nov 2nd, 2017, 05:29 PM
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 2,929
British Library was a sleeper on one of our trips. Totally mind blowing exhibits, Harry Potter or not. We won't make it back before this closes, more's the pity.
Nelson is online now  
Nov 2nd, 2017, 05:47 PM
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 1,858
Here's hoping its run gets extended; I'll be in London early June! Will keep my eye on dates.
texasbookworm is offline  
Nov 5th, 2017, 12:08 AM
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 17,207
The REALLY extraordinary thing about this exhibition is that its originator (the British Library) has obviously been inspired either by Warner Bros (who own most of Rowling's IP, but have no connection with this show) or by a non-exec on the BL board to - in effect - franchise it.

There are simultaneous sub-exhibitions, loosely cloning the BL one, in 20 major public libraries across the UK - something I've never seen in a blockbuster art show anywhere before. Details for anyone visiting the UK but not London at https://www.bl.uk/projects/harry-pot...brary-displays

Like any successful show, this one's moving to New York later in 2018. The NY Historical Society hasn't yet published a date.

No doubt it'll then turn into something like Evita: cropping up in Auckland or Shanghai, years after you'd completely forgotten ever going to it.

I suppose I ought to decry the decline in scholarly values. But the BL does need the cash. Conserving medieval books is a costly business.
flanneruk is offline  
Nov 5th, 2017, 09:45 AM
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 3,843
I tend to think the same as you, flanneruk. The idea behind it isn't much different than the Downton Abbey exhibit I might swing by in NY.

But I think one of things that does make this great is that it's a terrific way to expose kids to old manuscripts and history. HP has a lot of stuff in it that is rooted in myth or early science efforts. How often to people get to see those manuscripts and books if they don't go looking for them? I think that makes it a lot more interesting than one of the studio tours or theme park lands.

As for basing on the movies- I think that's just an effort not to reinvent the wheel. People have a very definitely idea of what the universe looks like based on seeing those movies.
marvelousmouse is offline  
Nov 7th, 2017, 08:22 AM
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 5,140
Tickets booked for the Harry Potter fans in the family (3 out of 4). A pre Christmas treat
sassy_cat is offline  
Nov 11th, 2017, 03:03 AM
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 597
Let's hope I can still get tickets. Only one of my three girls will be interested. Fingers crossed. We are going over the Thanksgiving break. Thanks for sharing. P.S. Have the studio tour booked already.
Lolazahra is offline  
Nov 13th, 2017, 12:31 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 19,859
If you're coming to this, try to find some time for the (free) Treasures exhibition as well. And they usually have a smaller temporary display in the foyer on some contemporary topic, which can be an eye-opener.
PatrickLondon is offline  
Nov 16th, 2017, 11:33 AM
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 597
Thanks PatrickLondon. I did get the tickets!
Lolazahra is offline  
Nov 30th, 2017, 11:09 PM
Original Poster
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 65,597
I attended on Thursday afternoon (arrival day jet lag and al ) and if you get a chance GO.

Quite extensive, with many original hand written and typed JK Rowling manuscripts with her edits and margin notes, a few of her original drawings, her manual spread sheets laying out the entire plot lines of the whole series before the first book was written, many of Jim Kay's original illustrations augmented with MANY ancient books and documents re the black arts, magic, apothecary, alchemy etc and a few interactive exhibits. All in a very 'non British Library' type semi theatrical setting.

All timed tickets but they must not being over booking too many per time slot because it was sold out but it wasn't chockablock like many big blockbuster exhibitions at other museums/galleries.
janisj is online now  
Dec 3rd, 2017, 11:20 AM
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 5,140
We were there on Monday. It made me far more aware of the depth of J.K.Rowling's research and knowledge.
Quite fascinating to read about actual Mandrake roots, see coloured illustrations from the 16th century and an actual mandrake root on display (very old, gnarled but with some semblance of a 'face').

We also fitted in the Modigliani exhibition at the Tate Modern.
The footage and photographs of Paris around 1900 set the scene and the nudes which caused uproar at the time (the exhibition was closed!) seemed relatively chaste by todays standards.
sassy_cat is offline  
Dec 4th, 2017, 12:06 AM
Original Poster
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 65,597
I'm doing the modgliani tomorrow - looking forward to it. visited the Cezanne portraits at the national portrait on Saturday and the really good Impressionists in London at the Tate on Friday.
janisj is online now  
Dec 4th, 2017, 08:05 AM
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 5,140
janisj, That sounds like an excellent itinerary!

I'm back in London on Friday, no plans yet except meeting a friend for lunch (might take hours, lol) but I'm hoping to get to the National Portrait Gallery.
sassy_cat is offline  
Dec 4th, 2017, 02:22 PM
Original Poster
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 65,597
Have a fun trip. My visit is a short trip, flying home wednesday.

Also did an evening (champagne) tour of Windsor . . . And best of all, had a great GTG with PatrickLondon and flanneruk.

Had lunch today at Outlaw's and as usual it was wonderful. Tomorrow's lunch is at the top of the Gherkin!
janisj is online now  
Dec 5th, 2017, 04:03 AM
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 5,140
Well you've certainly packed a lot into a short trip, kudos!
sassy_cat is offline  
Related Topics
Original Poster
Last Post
May 30th, 2013 01:39 AM
Feb 11th, 2013 04:31 PM
May 15th, 2011 06:16 PM
Dec 22nd, 2007 11:17 AM
Dec 10th, 2000 01:48 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 01:11 PM.