Students Potter around British Library...

Dated: 11 December 2017

 
 
Article by Emily Kelly - Woodhouse Journalism Academy
 
On Wednesday 8th November, a selection of English students at Woodhouse College, who happen to dabble in the arts of magic as an extracurricular, had the opportunity to attend the Harry Potter: A History Of Magic exhibition in the British Library.
 
As a commemoration of the 20 years that have passed since the first publication of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’, the British Library have given the public a chance to explore some of the subjects studied by their favourite characters at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Throughout the course of the day, Woodhouse students had the chance to delve into the world created by J.K. Rowling through an array of rooms dedicated to each subject taught at Hogwarts. We began with a brief introduction by our guide and proceeded to the rooms unveiling the importance of alchemy; the skill behind potion making; the enchantment of astronomy; the imperativeness of 'defence against the dark arts' and many more. Every room held a new, captivating exhibit, be it interactive activities that brought the lessons to life, or displays of the British Library’s very own collections and original documents penned by Rowling herself.
 
Don’t be mistaken though, it wasn’t all fun and magic, we did pick up a few important things including terminology such as tasseography, which is a divination or fortune-telling method that interprets patterns in tea leaves and was a key part of Harry Potter’s lesson at Hogwarts.
 
All in all, we muggles enjoyed a magical morning of witchcraft and wizardry, despite never receiving our Hogwarts acceptance letters.
 
The enchanting exhibition continues until the 28th February 2018 at the British Library, so go and try your luck spell working, celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Harry Potter and enable the boy who lived, to live on. 


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