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See J.K. Rowling’s Original ‘Harry Potter’ Pitch At This New Exhibition

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For 20 years, Harry Potter fans have been searching for their next fix of J.K. Rowling’s iconic series. From snapping up HP real estate to losing their collective minds over Harry Potter And The Cursed Child.

The latest in Potter fandemonium is an entire exhibition dedicated to the boy who lived — Harry Potter: A History of Magic — made its debut at the British Library this month.

The collection features artefacts from author J.K. Rowling’s personal collection, including original drafts, drawings and illustrations.

Interestingly, the exhibit features Rowling’s first Harry Potter pitch, which was infamously rejected by 12 different publishers. Since then, the Harry Potter franchise has sold more than 400 million books – the ultimate inspiration to always back your ideas, we say.

“The British Library has done an incredible job,” Rowling told Forbes. “Encountering objects for real that have in some shape or form figured in my books has been quite wonderful and to have several of my own items in the exhibition is a reminder of 20 amazing years since Harry was first published.”

The Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition runs now until February 28, 2018. Tickets start at $27 (£16) for adults.

How To Get There

  • Fly into Heathrow Airport
  • Take the Heathrow Express service to Paddington Station
  • Swap to the Hammersmith & City line to Kings Cross Station
  • Walk 300m via Euston Road
  • British Library, 96 Euston Road, Kings Cross, London

 

(Lead image: @britishlibrary / Twitter)