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Harry Potter: History of Magic Exhibition tours Norfolk libraries

PUBLISHED: 15:06 15 November 2017

A History of Magic display has begun at the Library in King's Lynn. Pictured is Alison Thorne. Picture: Ian Burt

A History of Magic display has begun at the Library in King's Lynn. Pictured is Alison Thorne. Picture: Ian Burt

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You can learn more about spells and magic to secure your place in Hogwarts in a number of events taking place in Norfolk libraries.

A History of Magic display has begun at the Library in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian BurtA History of Magic display has begun at the Library in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition is touring four libraries in the region – Great Yarmouth, Thetford and the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library – and is currently in King’s Lynn.

In partnership with The British Library, the King’s Lynn Library has put up fun displays complete with wands, potions and books.

Visitors are warned to take care when handling potions as Dark Arts is present, but other potions are safe to handle including Polyjuice and Felix Felicis. Although the library does not currently hold Quidditch Through the Ages, The Tales of Beedle the Bard or any of Gilderoy Lockhart’s books, there is still a selection of books on herbology and magical history to take out on loan.

Books dating back to the 15th century, which are usually kept in the library archive, have been put on display for the benefit of trainee witches and wizards.

Dr Beth Southard speaking about witches and spells at the Library in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian BurtDr Beth Southard speaking about witches and spells at the Library in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

Children and families have also been able to meet Biggles the owl, a pal of Hedwig’s, at an event hosted by the Raptor Trust.

Professor Cuthbert Binns was not available for a talk on the history of witchcraft and spells, but University of East Anglia (UEA) lecturer Beth Southard stepped in in his absence.

Dr Southard, a lecturer of witchcraft and magical belief in early modern Europe at the UEA, said: “In the 16th and 17th century, this is when witchcraft comes back into focus. It is the period of the little ice age - there was huge fluctuation in weather and lots of big, chaotic things going on, with illness, diseases and famine.

“It was incredibly hard to live and people were looking for an explanation and help, hence why there was so much magical belief going on in the world.”

King's Lynn Library. Picture: Matthew UsherKing's Lynn Library. Picture: Matthew Usher

To unleash your full potential as a witch or wizard you need a wand, which you can make yourself at the Ollivander’s pop up wand shop in the library on Saturday, November 18.

Taking place between 12pm and 1pm, there is a range of wooden wands for you to research and choose from – or maybe the wand will choose you.

To learn more about the magic of time and space, a free talk will be hosted by the King’s Lynn and District Astronomy Society on Friday, November 17 at 6pm.

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