British Library's Harry Potter - History of Magic Exhibition Review

Visited on Friday 27th October 2017 @ 10.30am 

The Exhibit is open until Wed 28 Feb 2018
If you want to book tickets please visit

'Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone with this extraordinary new addition to J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.'

£16 per adult
£11 for seniors 60+
£8 per student
£8 per child (5-17)
Under 4's go free

Tickets once booked need to be either printed or saved to your iPhone or android phone.

We arrived 15 minute before our exhibit entry time, this allowed plenty of time for bag checks and a quick toilet stop.

If you want to eat while at the exhibit there is a café  and a coffee shop on site.

As you enter the British Library you are greeted by an amazing view of the 4 house banners hanging across the stunning stair cases!

What a stunning back drop in an amazing building!

We did not have to queue up to get into the exhibition, we had our printed tickets to hand in.
On entry we were informed NO PHOTOGRAPHY within the exhibition.
This was not a problem, the amount of information to look at and read left no time or back thoughts for photography.

The Guide books were handed to each visitor. They contained a map of the exhibit, a short description of each area to visit and important information to make your visit easy and enjoyable.

The exhibit had 10 areas to walk through, there was no specific way to walk around so you were left to explore at your own leisure which was amazing! Our personal favourite area was potions!

My main tip for anyone going to look at this exhibit is to take your time, read and re-read EVERYTHING! Make sure you listen and partake in all of the small interactive areas and let your eyes wander!

Without gibing too much away they had EVERYTHING, original writings of J.K, Parts of the story that had never been included in the books, artefacts on which parts of the stories were based, original drawings by J.K, books from ancient magic and much much more! 

The entire walk through took us about 2.5 hours.

The Exhibition books for adults and children were on offer in the Library shop however these were pricey. £30.00 for the adult and £12.99 for the children's.
In Tesco these are actually priced lower - Adults £15.00 and children's are £7.00.

The library shop has lots of merchandise with the gorgeous Phoenix printed on. From magnets and card holders to t-shirts and jumpers. The plush Phoenix may I add is stunning!

Due to the nature of the exhibit I wouldn't recommend to take children under school age as it is very slow moving, ALOT of reading, no interactive zones for very young children and the lighting is low.
A lot of very young children we saw in the exhibit were struggling to hold concentration.
It is more of a museum tour than an action day out. The studio tour would be better suited for children.

If you cant get to the Exhibit BBC 2 aired a fabulous programme 'Harry Potter: History of Magic' on 28th October 2017. Find it on catch up!

All in all myself an my friend I visited with had a great morning.