EXHIBITION: Magical Books - From the Middle Ages to Middle-earth

23 May 2013 27 October 2013


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Saturday, 12 October - Sunday, 27 October 


The rare first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone which was on public display for the first time at the beginning of the exhibition returns for the last two weeks of the exhibition.

J. K. Rowling’s personal annotations cover forty-three pages and include references to the Harry Potter series as a whole and also the film adaptations.  



The Bodleian's exhibition takes as its theme the work of some of the foremost modern exponents of children's fantasy literature, members of the group of writers informally known as the 'Oxford School': C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Susan Cooper, Alan Garner and Philip Pullman. From its unique holdings of these authors' papers, the Library will display a selection of Tolkien's original artwork for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings; C.S. Lewis’s 'Lefay notebook' and his map of Narnia, and manuscripts of novels and poems by Alan Garner, Philip Pullman and Susan Cooper. Also featured in the exhibition will be some of the books and manuscripts that contain the myths, legends, and magical practices on which these Oxford-educated authors freely drew for inspiration. This historic material is housed in the Bodleian where the Library scenes in the Harry Potter films were shot.

Magical Books exhibition online.

Opening times:
Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday 9am – 4.30pm
Sunday 11am – 5pm


There will also be a series of lunchtime lectures accompanying the exhibition.



This event is listed under: Exhibitions; Free events
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