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Harry Potter: A History of Magic Exhibition and Events

A History of Magic Exhibition is taking place in Middlesbrough Central Library in association with the British Library.

Journey to where magic and myth began with Harry Potter: A History of Magic at Middlesbrough 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, Middlesbrough Library will be capturing the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories. Delving deep into the collections of Middlesbrough Libraries, Dorman Museum and Teesside Archives to bring you a display of magical treasures and tales from your local area, celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone with Middlesbrough Library.

The exhibition is open during library opening hours and a host of events have been planned to celebrate the launch. Reserve your place on events on 01642 729002.

Friday 20th October

Exhibition launch 4-6pm. Be the first to see the exhibition. Join our very own Hogwarts Wizard for astonishing magic and enjoy a Harry Potter cupcake from Tilly’s Cupcakes. No need to book for this event.

Saturday 21st October

Drop in for Care of Magical Creatures with Kirkleatham Owl Museum 12-3pm.

Create your own Ancient Runes with Sara Dennis  – workshops 12-1pm and 2-3pm. Suitable for ages 6. £1 per child.

Tuesday 24th October 3-4pm

Hogwarts Magic Show with Magic Paul. Suitable for all ages. £1 per child.

Wednesday 25th October 1-4pm

Join Graphic Artist Daniel J. Weatheritt for a mixed media illustration workshop. Create your very own mythical creature and pick up some drawing tips along the way. All ages welcome and materials provided. £1 per child.

Friday 27th October 2-4pm

Fantasy creative writing workshop with 6e publishing. Suitable for ages 8-14. £1 per child.

Tuesday 7th November 6-7pm

Hobnobbing with the Hobs
In this lively talk writer and broadcaster Bob Fischer takes an affectionate look at the ‘Hobs’ of the North Yorkshire Moors…  mischievous and mercurial spirits whose influence on moorland communities formed a cornerstone of North Yorkshire folklore for centuries. Age 14+
Tickets £3

Saturday 11th November 2-4pm

Fantasy creative writing workshop with 6e publishing. Suitable for ages 14+. £3

Wednesday 15th November 6-7pm

The Enduring Appeal of Harry Potter

Durham University lectures Dr Martin Richardson and Dr Eleanor Spencer-Regan explore the enduring appeal of Harry Potter, from the life lessons we can learn at Hogwarts to the ways in which J.K. Rowling’s magical coinages have become part of everyday Muggle conversation. Age 14+

Tickets £3


Middlesbrough Central Library are also able to exclusively screen the Hogwarts Curriculum Lectures live from the British Library in London.

All lectures are screened at Middlesbrough Central Library. Tickets £3 . Reserve your place on 01642 729002.


Tuesday 31st October 7-8.15pm

Brooms, Wands and Cauldrons: The Instruments of Magic

Discover why witches’ friends are feline and how the wand became one of the established objects of magical power with Simon Costin of the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic.

Friday 17th November 7-8.30pm

Illustrating Harry Potter with Jim Kay and Olivia Lomenech Gill

How do you illustrate magical tales like the Harry Potter series? Find out from two artists who have done just that, adopting very different approaches to achieve equally stunning results.

Thursday 23rd November 7-8.30pm

The Harry Potter Effect

How have the Harry Potter books changed the landscape of children’s literature? Our panel discuss the Harry Potter effect – on both literature and our cultural consciousness.

Tuesday 5th December 7-8.30pm

Women, Witches and Witch-Trials

Anita Anand chairs a panel of expert historians  as they discuss the history of witchcraft and gender roles within it.

Monday 22nd January 7-8.15pm

Defence Against The Dark Arts with Christopher Frayling

Cultural historian Christopher Frayling explores the history and myths surrounding vampires over the centuries and gives a lesson on the various methods of protecting ourselves.

Thursday 15th February 7-8.15pm

Divination with Marc Salem

Are mind-readers real? A look at how we deduce, or divine, meaning from non-verbal signs with Marc Salem, performer, mind reader and expert in non-verbal communication.


We look forward to welcoming you to Middlesbrough Central Library for Harry Potter: A History of Magic.

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