Harry Potter: A History of Magic Comes to Reading Libraries

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JOURNEY to where magic and myth began with Harry Potter: A History of Magic at Reading Central Library.

Have you ever wanted to delve into Divination, ponder the peculiarities of Potions and discover magical creatures? Now you can.

In partnership with the British Library, Reading Libraries will be capturing the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

From Saturday 21st October, Reading Central Library will be displaying panels supporting the ‘Harry Potter: A History of Magic’ exhibition which opens at the British Library the day before.

To mark this special occasion 21st October will also be Harry Potter Day at Reading Central and Battle Libraries.

At Reading Central Library, visitors can take part in a Treasure Hunt or book on to a ‘Care of Magical Creatures’ session, featuring real animals.

University of Reading staff will also be offering ‘Fantasy Worlds’ writing workshops for 8 -13 year olds and another for teenagers and young adults.

There are two ‘School of Magic’ sessions on offer at Battle Library which are also in conjunction with the University of Reading.

Battle Library also has a series of Harry Potter-themed lectures live streamed from the British Library over the next few months –  details are available on the libraries website.

The Live streamed Harry Potter themed events start with:

·        Brooms, Wands and Cauldrons: The Instruments of Magic with Simon Costin at 7pm on Tuesday 31st October

·        The Harry Potter Effect at 7pm on Thursday 23rd November

·        Women, Witches and Witch-Trials at 7pm on Tuesday 5th December

·        Peter Rabbit, Pooh, Potter: A Tale of Children’s Literature with Julia Eccleshare at 7pm on Monday 5th February 2018

Cllr Sarah Hacker, Reading’s Lead Councillor for Culture, Sport and Consumer Services, said:

“I am thrilled with the number of excellent Harry Potter events coming to Reading’s libraries over the coming months.

“It is really exciting to be supporting the ‘Harry Potter: A History of Magic’ exhibition at the British Library and to be live streaming some of their fantastic lectures.

“I am sure the exhibition in Reading Central Library and the lectures showing at Battle Library will both be very popular and I would recommend booking early for the events.”

For further information and to book tickets for any or all of the Harry Potter events check the Library website at www.reading.gov.uk/libraries or the Facebook page facebook.com/readinglibraries

The Harry Potter: A History of Magic regional displays have been created in association with the British Library throughout the Living Knowledge Network, an innovative partnership with 21 major libraries across the UK.

The British Library’s major exhibition in partnership with Bloomsbury, Harry Potter: A History of Magic, is open in London from 20 October 2017 – 28 February 2018. Book your ticket for this extraordinary new addition to J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World at www.bl.uk.

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David Millward

For media enquiries about this release email david.millward@reading.gov.uk or call 0118 937 4289