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Harry Potter 20th anniversary display at National Library of Scotland

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The Harry Potter 20 celebrations are being marked in Edinburgh this week, with a special themed pop-up display at National Library of Scotland.

This week marks the twentieth anniversary of the publication of J K Rowling's book Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone. The star attraction of the display is a rare first edition of the very first book filled with personal notes and drawings by its author JK Rowling. She wrote most of the book in Edinburgh cafes not far from the National Library in Edinburgh.

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Fans of the boy wizard will be able to see Rowling’s handwritten comment on the title page of this copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone that the book “changed my life forever.”  It will be the centrepiece of a celebration of the Harry Potter phenomenon and of the strong links its author has with Scotland’s National Library. In 2005 JK Rowling signed and donated the very first copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to the National Library of Scotland. This will also be on show on 26 June 2017.

The Library’s Modern Collections manager Graeme Hawley, who has organised the event said: “For many people Harry Potter was their introduction to storytelling and reading and it has had a huge impact on their lives. We want to share that with them at this important anniversary.”   

“The print run for the first Harry Potter book ran to only 500 copies and no one had any idea 20 years ago that it would become the phenomenon it is today. It’s something to celebrate and we hope as many people as possible will join us to mark the occasion.” 

National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EW; tel: 0131 623 3700; website.

Visit the display

The Library has a rich collection of Harry Potter material and will put a special selection on free display to the public between noon-7pm on 26 June 2017, the anniversary of the first Potter publication. Visitors are being encouraged to dress up as wizards or Harry Potter look-alikes for the day to add to the sense of occasion.  Entry is free and all are welcome.

 

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