Here’s what it’s like inside the new ‘Harry Potter’ exhibit about the real-life history of magic


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After an acclaimed stop in London, the “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” exhibit has made it to New York.

It’s now open in Manhattan’s New York Historical Society. And it’s an essential visit for any “Harry Potter” fan. It’s also being released in conjunction with a book that features parts of the exhibit.

“A History of Magic” isn’t just a collection of J.K. Rowling trivia and movie props. It situates “Harry Potter” in the tradition of global fantasy and magical literature. Curated by the British Library, it features centuries-old books, artwork, and artifacts from different countries about different magical traditions.

Here’s what it’s like inside.

At the entrance is a giant steamer trunk that diehard “Harry Potter” fans might recognize.

In 2005, before the release of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” Scholastic allowed 9,000 libraries to get the first author-signed copy of the book in the US. It placed the book in this massive padlocked steamer trunk and sent it on a week-long voyage to New York, where it ultimately went to a library in North Carolina. The exhibit curators brought it back to New York for the display at the exhibit entrance.

The entrance before the exhibit also features flying books.

You might miss them at first, but there are books suspended from the ceiling.

Before entering the exhibit, there’s also a wall featuring the work of different book illustrators.

You can see the work of Jim Kay, Mary GrandPré, Kazu Kibuishi, and Brian Selznick, as well as interviews with them.

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