Harry Potter: A History of Magic at Central Library

Harry Potter: A History of Magic at Central Library

October 24, 2017

Visitors to Edinburgh will be able to discover fascinating facts about the History of Magic at Edinburgh’s Central Library from Saturday 21st October 2017. Working in tandem with the Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition at the British Library in London, displays will launch simultaneously in 20 public libraries across the UK.

The series of displays include specially designed panels, each of them inspired by Harry Potter: A History of Magic. The exhibition at Central Library is based on the 9 subjects taught at Hogwarts, and features Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in different languages. It has some ancient books from the Royal Observatory, a real life mandrake and magical herbs from the Royal Botanic Gardens, and other amazing artefacts from their own collections.

Councillor Ian Perry, Education, Children and Families Convener, said:

This fantastic display is set to capture the minds of Harry Potter fans young and old, so we’re extremely pleased to be working with the British Library to bring its magic to the capital, which has such a strong connection to the stories.

As part of the library’s celebrations across the city, there will be a range of activities and events taking place for the duration of the exhibition. Events include a visit by Hedwig and Pigwidgeon look-alikes from the Scottish Owl Centre, Magic School tutorials, magic stage make-up lessons in different libraries, and live animal handling events.

The displays have been developed by the British Library in collaboration with public libraries through the Living Knowledge Network, an innovative partnership between the British Library and 22 major public libraries across the UK, and the National Library of Scotland and the National Library of Wales.


Exhibition and event details

  • Harry Potter: A history of Magic Exhibition; Central Library, Mezzani
  • ne Floor; Saturday 21st Oct – Wednesday 28th February
  • Cool Creatures live animal handling; Leith Library, Oxgangs Library, South Queensferry Library and South Office Neighbourhood and Library; various times and dates
  • Scottish Owl Centre owl visits; Granton Library, Moredun Library, Currie Library, Portobello Library and Central Children’s Library; various times and dates
  • Magic School with Headmaster Gary James; Piershill Library, Morningside Library, Drumbrae Library, Ratho Library and Central Children’s Library; various times and dates
  • The Magic of Stage Make up; Kirkliston Library, Gilmerton Library and Wester Hailes Library; various times and dates
  • The Hogwarts Curriculum Lectures: Herbology With Anna Pavord; Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh; Sunday 12th November; 2pm – 3.15pm
  • Meet Matthew Fitt – translator of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stane; Edinburgh Central Library; Thursday 30th November; 2.30pm – 3.30pm
  • The Magical Castle; Lauriston Castle; Saturday 10th February, 10am – 1pm
  • Fantastic Creatures Workshop; Writers’ Museum; Saturday 24th February, 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Full details available online or by calling your local library.