Harry Potter: A History of Magic at the New York Historical Society
J K Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter turned 20 last year, but the stories and folklore that inspired the world-famous tales of witchcraft and wizardry are centuries old. Journey to where magic and myth began at the spell-binding exhibit Harry Potter: a History of Magic at the New York Historical Society. If you’re a wizard or a muggle, a Gryffindor or a Slytherin, this day is sure to capture your imagination as we delve into the wonderful world Rowling created.
Step into the halls of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and prepare for lessons in your favorite magical subjects including charms, defense against the dark arts, care of magical creatures and even potions. (Don’t worry, Professor Snape won’t be teaching that day.) Marvel at the rare, ancient manuscripts, artifacts and magical creatures gathered from collections around the world, including the British Library where this exhibit broke all exhibition attendance records. From medieval descriptions of monstrous dragons and griffins to the 16th century Ripley Scroll explaining how to create a sorcerer’s stone, you’ll explore how people across the globe have tried to understand and engage in different aspects of the magical world. Confront troublesome trolls; examine real-life wands and find out what actually makes a mandrake scream; pore over remarkable pages from da Vinci’s notebook; and discover the oldest atlas of the night sky. Within each subject area, you’ll see original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling and illustrator Jim Kay, allowing you to chart Harry’s development from the smallest of ideas to the international phenomenon he is today. Costumes and set models from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, no open on Broadway, will also be showcased.
No need to conjure up a ticket with a wand – we used our powers to secure them before they went on sale to the public. The Floo-Network is out of order, so we’ll have to rely on muggle transportation. Our bus will depart from Oheb at 6:30 am serving a full breakfast. En route, we hear background information and watch some film clips to prepare for our visit to the exhibit. Museum docents who have been trained by Dumbledore himself will divulge their secrets during our private tours. There will be plenty of time to explore on your own before our magical coach wisks us down to the 57th Street area or the theatre district at 12:30 pm. Enjoy an afternoon of holiday shopping, peek in the windows at Saks, marvel at the Rockefeller Center tree or buy a theater matinee ticket of your choice. Time will fly by and you’ll be back on the bus at 5:15 pm to depart for home. Serving an open bar, hors d’ouevres and of course, dinner prepared by those wizards at Zabars. And it wouldn’t be a Diversions trip without some surprises. (We have friends in high places at Honeydukes Candy Shop in Diagon Alley.) Arrival back at approximately 8:30 pm.
Saturday, December 1 – Awaiting pricing. Due to the enormous demand for tickets for this exhibit, we have a limited number of spaces. Call now to be placed on our priority list.
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