Harry Potter: A History of Magic | Tokyo Station Gallery

Not all is fantastic in JK Rowling’s world of witchcraft and magic. When crafting the Harry Potter books, Rowling drew inspiration from ancient mythology and researched supernatural beliefs once prevalent around the world. This exhibition from the British Library in London finally made its way to Tokyo.

The exhibit is divided into different subjects taught at Hogwarts, so you can explore the roots of disciplines such as herbology, alchemy, divination, and enchantment through a treasure trove of ancient scrolls, curious knickknacks, and other artefacts dating from the 4th century.

Potterheads will also have the special opportunity to see Rowling’s original sketches, notes and manuscripts from the early stages of writing what will become one of the most successful fiction series of all time. Highlights include a sketched diagram of the hidden entrance to Diagon Alley, as well as an astonishing study of the Hogwarts Express at Platform Nine and Three Quarters by illustrator Jim Kay.

Note that you must book a ticket for a specified time slot in line before visiting this exhibition.

Can’t make it to the Tokyo Station Gallery? Some parts of the show are available online for free, so you can read stories of men and women falsely accused of witchcraft in the 17th century, and even check out other illustrations by Jim Kay.

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