Harry Potter exhibition comes to Wakefield Library

09/10/2017, PR8664

​The magic of the Harry Potter stories is to be captured at a new exhibition at Wakefield Library.


​The display, which runs from October 21 to February 28, marks the 20th anniversary of publication of JK Rowling's first novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the start of the hugely popular series about the boy wizard.

The event, which will highlight Wakefield's own magic traditions, objects and folklore, is being held in partnership with the British Library.

A series of magical activities for all ages will also be held through the winter, to give children the chance to learn and have fun.

Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport
Cllr Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport

​Cllr Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, at Wakefield Council, said: "The Harry Potter books have spun a magical web of stories that have sparked the imaginations of both children and adults.

 "This new exhibition will encourage young people to come to the library and learn more about the district's fascinating traditions and folklore."

Events for Harry Potter: A History of Magic at Wakefield Library:

  • Saturday 21 October. Meet the Owls of Wise Owl Birds of Prey Rescue Centre 1.00pm – 3.30pm
  • Monday 23 October. Harry Potter drop-in activities available all week
  • Thursday 26 October. Build a Mythical Creature from Lego 2.30pm – 3.30pm. Booking essential.
  • Friday 27 October. Meet Zoolab's fantastic beasts 3.30pm – 4.30pm. Booking essential.
  • Tuesday 31 October. Spooky Storytime for under fives 1.30pm
  • Thursday 2 November. The Restricted Section: magical book club for children aged 7-11. Booking essential.

    To book, please phone the library on 01924 305376 or email wakefieldlibrarymuseum@wakefield.gov.uk

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