Harry Potter: A History of Magic
Care of Magical Creatures
‘ “Nicolas Flame, ” she whispered dramatically, “is the only known maker of the Philosopher’s Stone! ” ‘
Hermione GrangerHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
I think what I’m hoping people take away from the exhibition is that
there’s this huge rich historical history of magic and folklore
that kind of lies behind the Harry Potter books and that
a lot of things that they might have thought were imaginary
how are actually based on fact.
So the idea about bezoar stones,
they come see a real bezoar stone,
they come see our chemical manuscripts describing how to make the Philosopher’s Stone.
They can see Nicholas Flamel’s tombstone,
hopefully they’ll be really inspired by that
and inspired by the history in the stories,
and understand that J.K. Rowling knew a huge amount
about the mythology, the folklore and the science
and the magic behind the stories.
She incorporated it very lightly into her story,
which gave them a huge amount of layers of depth and interest.
So there we’re in the divination room,
this is my favorite room in the exhibition.
And I think divination is kind of treated with a bit of humor in the books,
and as if it’s not too serious as subject,
but I actually love the kind of historical accounts of it and all the different ways
that people have tried to work out what’s going to happen in the future.
We’ve got books about palmistry and tea leaf reading
and some kind of practical equipment that you could use for those things.
It’s really interesting, so in the Harry Potter books,
when Harry sees a symbol of a black dog in his cup
and that was thought to be an omen of death,
but we’ve actually got a book that indicates that
if you see a dog in your cup, that’s a sign of a faithful friend.
So it’s a bit more positive.
I really love the Ripley Scrowle, which is a real favourite,
but I also really enjoy the bezoar stones,
which are mentioned in the stories, obviously.
It’s a congruence of matter that forming the guts of goats
believed to be antidotes to poison,
so there’s lots of favourites.
展览涵盖魔法 信仰的本质 科学发明
So it looks at the magic, the nature of belief, the ideas about science
and what, you know, what the relationship between science, belief and magic actually is.
And for a lot of these guys,
they’re engaging in all sorts of things of a similar ilk in the early modern period.
Defence Against the Dark Arts
‘ “…to have been loved so deeply,
even though the person who loved us is gone,
will gives us some protection for ever.’ “
Professor DumbledoreHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
I think one of the things I learned about witches is that
they get a really bad rep (reputation) through history,
and then it’s quite hard to find positive accounts of them,
which is what we really want to focus on in the exhibition.
But once we did start looking for positive accounts,
they were out there and they were just a bit rarer.
And I’m really excited that we were able to show
a painting by John William Whaterhouse called The Magic Circle,
which is a very positive portrayal of a witch.
She’s very kind of beautiful, and she’s doing protective magic,
and it’s different from the kind of more traditional
negative view of witches that you get in a lot of books of the time.
Well, I think the Harry Potter books have done a lot to change that. I think…
trying to think about magic is something that can be used for good in the books
is a really important part of them, so…