Harry Potter exhibit marks 20th anniversary of first book


LONDON (AP) - A new British Library exhibition is tracing the history of magic to mark the 20th anniversary of the publication of J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone."

With the orphaned boy wizard as guiding force, the exhibit opening Friday has broken records for advance sales at the London library. More than 30,000 tickets have been snapped up so far.

The exhibit, "Harry Potter: A History Of Magic," looks at magic and the nature of belief, revealing that many of the things fans of the series thought were imaginary were actually based in fact - or folklore.

The show features rare books and manuscripts from around the world, together with cauldrons, broomsticks, crystal balls and potion manuals that offer insights into Rowling's inspiration for the Harry Potter books.

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