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Sold out Harry Potter exhibit now goes digital and fans are in total meltdown

Fans are going crazy after a new Harry Potter exhibit is revealing exciting new details behind the creation process of what could be considered the most popular literary saga of the last 50 years.

Running through October 20th of last year to Feb 28, the Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition held at the British Library was an absolute smash, selling out quickly and earning headlines everywhere.

The exhibit displayed rare books, manuscripts, sketches and objects around the rich Potter mythos.

The show allowed visitors to make their own philosopher’s stone, use a celestial globe to gaze into the night sky, and take a peek at a 17th-century invisibility incantation, among many other magical activities.

Present in the display was also JK Rowling’s original sketch of Hogwarts grounds, which include the iconic Quidditch stadium, the Whooping Willow, and the fan favorite, Forbidden forest.

Visitors also had the opportunity to check out the series original synopsis sent out to publishers in 1995.

The exhibit will be coming to the New-York Historical Society from this October to January 2019.

In good news for those of us who couldn’t attend, The Google Arts and Culture platform has just released a digital tour featuring the highlights of the exhibition.

It allows you to delve into eight different Hogwarts classes and their corresponding historical artefacts, including Potions, Divination, Charms and Herbology.

The uber cool online exhibition contains a 360-degree divination room, Q&As with people involved in the creation of both the book and museum and allows you to check out drawings and paintings by the book’s original illustrator, Jim Kay.

There’s also century-old crystal balls, the scroll of the Dragons on the Sloane, a fortune-telling teacup, an analysis of magical creatures through the ages,  and there’s even an astronomy area with Leonardo Da Vinci’s notebook.

“We’ve used medieval manuscripts, precious printed books and Chinese oracle bones to explore magical traditions, from the making of potions, to the harvesting of poisonous plants, and from the study of the night sky to the uses of unicorns,” says Google on their official blog.

You can check the online exhibition through the free Google Arts and Culture app in six different languages. Sorry, Parseltongue is not included.


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