Harry Potter: A History of Magic – The Events

Harry Potter: A History of Magic
3rd December – 29th January 2018
Room 700, First Floor, Leeds Central Library
A free family-friendly exhibition
Journey to where magic and myth began with Harry Potter: A History of Magic at Leeds Central Library.
Have you ever wanted to delve into Divination, ponder the peculiarities of Potions and discover magical creatures? Now you can. In partnership with the British Library, Leeds Central Library will be capturing the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories. Delving deep into their archives to bring you a display of magical treasures and tales from your local area, celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone with Leeds Libraries.
This magical exhibition will include rare books on witchcraft, fantastic beasts and the dark arts that would not look out of place in a Hogwarts classroom. There will also be a series of events for all ages to bring the world of Harry Potter to life.
The exhibition will also include The Herbology Room until 2nd January 2018.

SCREENING – Live from the British Library: The Harry Potter Effect
23rd November 2017, 7pm
Room 700, First Floor Leeds Central Library
A free event suitable for adults
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Journalist Nicolette Jones, author Katherine Rundell, Publishing Director of Children’s Books at Bloomsbury Rebecca McNally and social commentator Shami Chakrabati discuss the Harry Potter effect – on both literature and our cultural consciousness.
In association with The Royal Society of Literature and The British Library.

Harry Potter Quiz Night
24th November 2017, 7pm
Local and Family History, Second Floor Leeds Central Library
Tickets £2 Click Here to Book your ticket
Do you know your Wampus Cat from your Bowtruckle?
Could you pick Hermione’s wand out of a line-up? Join us at Leeds Central Library for a special late night quiz held in our very own Harry Potter room where we will be armed with questions from the experts at Pottermore. Test your knowledge of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, see how you fare against our Curator’s Curious Conundrum and win some brilliant prizes.
Teams can have a maximum of six members, and everyone needs a ticket.
In association with Pottermore and The British Library

Harry Potter: A History of Magic Experience
3rd December 2017, 11am – 3pm
Leeds Central Library
A family-friendly day
Drop in, Pay as you feel
Journey to where magic and myth began with Harry Potter: A History of Magic at Leeds Central Library.
Have you ever wanted to delve into Divination, ponder the peculiarities of Potions and discover magical creatures? Now you can. In partnership with the British Library, Leeds Central Library will be capturing the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories. Delving deep into our archives to bring you a display of magical treasures and tales from your local area, celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone with Leeds Libraries.
Like Diagon Alley there will be stalls selling all kinds of magical wares. Have your fortune told by a student of Professor Trelawney’s. Visit the Herbology Room a space filled with botanical illustrations and extraordinary plants inspired by the magical plant studies of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter stories. Immerse yourself in the historic books full of witches, fantastic beasts and the supernatural from our collections.

The Herbology Room
3rd December 2017 – 2nd January 2018
Room 700, First Floor, Leeds Central Library

The Herbology Room… a space filled with botanical illustrations and extraordinary plants inspired by the magical plant studies of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter stories in the heart of Leeds Central Library.

The Herbology Sessions: As part of their collaboration with Leeds Central Library and The British Library exhibition, The Plant Room will also be curating a collection of workshops and talks that will take place in the Herbology Room. These include; a closed terrarium workshop, bookbinding, wreath-making, charms and smudge sticks, storytelling and life drawing – See various dates for event details and how to book.

Herbology Tea Light Candles with Essence and Alchemy
3rd December 2017, 11am – 12.30pm & 1.30pm – 3pm
The Drawing Room, First Floor, Leeds Central Library
A ticketed event suitable for families
Ticket: £12  Click here for tickets
As part of our collaboration with Essence + Alchemy, we will be offering you pouring candle drop in sessions for families and individuals. Essence + Alchemy have been working with us to create a unique Herbology scent that includes herbs and botanics that have been historically associated with magic spells, herbalism and the Herbology studies in Harry Potter stories.
These drop-in sessions will take place during the History Of Magic Experience. Families will be given the opportunity to pour 6 herbology tea light candles to enjoy at home.

The Harry Potter Trail and Family Challenge
3rd December 2017 – 2nd January 2018
Throughout the building, Leeds Central Library
A free family friendly activity
Pick up your free trail sheet from the library counter and explore the magical Harry Potter exhibition as a family. There will be challenges and tasks along the way that will help you find out lots of things you might not have known about the real life myths and legends behind some of the magical elements in the Harry Potter stories. You will also discover fascinating facts about our old books and beautiful Hogwarts-like building.

Terrarium Workshop
4th December 2017, 5.30pm
Room 700, First Floor, Leeds Central Library
A ticketed event for Adults
Tickets £30 Click here for tickets
“The word terrarium came into use during the late 1800’s. It is derived from aquarium replacing the prefix ‘aqua’ with ‘terra’ (meaning land).”
Come and spend an evening at Leeds Central Library’s Herbology Room making your very own living terrarium. Inspired by Wardian cases (traditionally seen as a means to transport and grow exotic plants in), learn to make a micro garden with The Plant Room.
(The workshop is for all abilities and all the materials needed including plants, soil and vessels will be provided.)

Herbology Small Jar Candles with Essence and Alchemy
5th December 2017, 12noon
Room 700, First Floor, Leeds Central Library
A ticketed event for Adults
Tickets £12 Click here for tickets
Come and spend a quit lunch break in the beautifully scented Herbology Room, sipping tea and pouring your own candle. A selection of herbal teas and refreshments will be available for you to purchase and enjoy on the day.

Book Binding
5th December 2017, 5.30pm
The Drawing Room, First Floor, Leeds Central Library
A ticketed event for adults
Tickets £30 Click here for tickets
“Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” Plato
We are very excited to be working with traditional bookbinder, Roger Grech from Papercut Bindery to offer you a magical bookbinding workshop. Come and spend a couple of hours in The Drawing Room learning this ancient craft. In the session, Roger will show you how to make cut flush notebook with marbled endpapers. So what will you make, your very own Herbal, Almanac, Spell or Potion book?
(The session is ideal for beginners and all materials will be provided.)


SCREENING – Live from the British Library: Women, Witches and Witch Trials
5th December 2017, 6pm
Room 700 & Local and Family History, Leeds Central Library
A free event suitable for adults
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Includes Private View and Curator Tour of Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition
Join us for an evening of all things supernatural with a private view and tour of the new Harry Potter: History of Magic exhibition followed by a live screening from the British Library in our beautiful Local and Family History Library.
Women Witches and Witch-Trials: The history of witchcraft and gender roles within it. Anita Anand chairs a panel of expert historians including Margo Burns, the x10 great-granddaughter of one of key protagonists of the Salem Witch Trials, Malcolm Gaskill, and Ulinka Rublack as they discuss the history of witchcraft and gender roles within it.

Herb Bundle/Mini Door Rings
Wednesday 6th December 2017, 12.30pm
The Drawing Room, First Floor, Leeds Central Library
A ticketed event for adults
Tickets £15 Click Here for tickets
As a lunchtime treat why not spend some time in the Herbology room making mini magical door rings or herb bundles? Led by floral designer Tara Rosemary this workshop explores the magical properties of plants and pairing them together in mini rings and herb bundles.
(The workshop is for all abilities and all the materials needed to make your bundles and door rings will be provided.)

Magical Yule Wreath Making
Wednesday 6th December 2017, 5.30pm
Room 700, First Floor, Leeds Central Library
A ticketed event for adults
Tickets £30 Click here for tickets
In this longer evening workshop come and understand the magical and healing properties associated with plants and herbs whilst making a Yule wreath.
Led by floral designer Tara Rosemary this workshop explores the magical properties of plants and pairs them together in Yule Wreaths. (The workshop is for all abilities and all the materials needed to make your wreath will be provided.)

Harry Potter Propbox Workshop
Saturday 9th December 2017, 11am
The Drawing Room, First Floor, Leeds Central Library
A ticketed event for adults
Tickets £10 Click here for tickets
Craft your own handmade props to bring the story of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to life. The perfect Christmas gift for a younger child curious about the magical world and a great opportunity to encourage reading together with the help of some magical items! By the end of this workshop you will have created your very own Hogwarts letter, a ticket to get you through the barrier of platform 9¾ and onto the Hogwarts Express, a box of every flavour beans to eat on your journey, a golden snitch and a winged key.
Tea, chocolate snitches and all materials will be provided
SCREENING – The British Library Hogwarts Curriculum Lectures: Herbology with Anna Pavord
13th December 2017, open between 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Room 700, First Floor, Leeds Central Library
A free event suitable for adults
Drop in to watch this recorded broadcast from the British Library in the unique and magical setting of the Herbology Room, part of the Harry Potter: History of Magic season.
The garden expert and author discusses the botanical sciences
Join Anna Pavord as she draws on her years working in gardens, and researching and writing about plants and their history.
Anna Pavord’s books include her bestseller The Tulip, The Naming of Names and her most recent work, Landskipping. Anna’s column in the Independent newspaper ran from the paper’s launch in 1986 and for many years she was an Associate Editor of the magazine Gardens Illustrated. Anna served for ten years on the Gardens Panel of the National Trust, the last five as chairman. She also served three three-year terms on English Heritage’s Parks and Gardens Panel. In 2001 she was awarded the Gold Veitch medal from the Royal Horticultural Society. For more than 40 years she has lived in Dorset where she gardens on a steep sunny slope among arisaemas and magnolias.

Life Drawing
15th December 2017, 5.30pm
Room 700, First Floor, Leeds Central Library
A ticketed event for adults
Tickets £10 Click here for tickets
The Plant Room is very excited to be working with Leeds Drawing Club again. To finish our Herbology Sessions we have invited Leeds Drawing Club to run a life drawing class in The Herbology Room. In this unique session you will be given the opportunity and space to draw and explore life drawing within a totally unique and inspiring setting.
Basic materials of a board, paper, charcoal and pencils are provided but you are welcome to bring your own materials.
Please note this session is untutored.

A Magical Storytime
14th December 2017, 11am
Children’s Library, Leeds Central Library
A free story and rhymetime for under-5’s and their grown-ups
Join us for our regular Thursday morning story and rhymetime but be prepared for a magical experience! With specially selected stories and sensory toys, Under 5’s and their grownups will fall under the spell of some wonderful library magic!

Wand Making workshop
17th December 2017, 1pm – 3pm
Room 700, First Floor, Leeds Central Library
A free ticketed event suitable for families (children aged 6+)
Click here to book your FREE ticket
Ever wondered how the wands in Ollivander’s shop are made? Join Hogwarts Professors to make your own wand and perfect your Lumos and Imperio spells. Dressing up as your favourite Harry Potter character is encouraged and will look great in our magical photobooth! This workshop will be led by Wrongsemble.

Library Lab – Wizard Game Builder
19th December 2017, 10.30am -12noon
The Portal, Second Floor, Leeds Central Library
A free ticketed event suitable for families
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Create your very own magical characters and bring them to life in your very own Hogwarts platform game. Design your own levels, ‘power ups’ and enemies using the Bloxels app and game board then see who can beat your creation
Bring your own device our or use one of ours.
Suitable for ages 8+ and your adult.

Library Lab – Sorting Hats
19th December 2017, 2pm – 3.30pm
The Portal, Second Floor, Leeds Central Library
A free ticketed event suitable for families
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Which Hogwarts house do you belong to? Code a Microbit to create your very own Sorting Hat.
Suitable for ages 8+ and their adults.

SCREENING – The Hogwarts Curriculum Lectures: Defence Against the Dark Arts with Christopher Frayling
22nd January 2018, 6pm
Leeds Central Library (Room tbc)
A free ticketed event suitable for adults
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How can we protect ourselves from vampires? Join us for a live screening broadcast from the British Library in London. History contains no Death Eaters, but plenty of vampires. Cultural historian Christopher Frayling explores the history and myths surrounding these bloodsucking fiends over the centuries and gives a lesson on how the various methods of protecting ourselves. How has their appearance changed? What are their weaknesses? And how have they been appropriated by the Gothic imagination?
Christopher Frayling was until recently Rector of the Royal College of Art and Chair of Arts Council England. A cultural historian, critic and award-winning broadcaster on television and radio, he has published over twenty books on art, design, film and popular culture – including Nightmare – the birth of horror and VampyresGenesis and Resurrection.
We are also pleased to welcome Jonathan Ferguson Curator of Firearms at the Royal Armouries in Leeds to talk about the real life ‘vampire killing kit’ that they hold in their collections, before the screening begins. Jonathan has a particular interest in the folklore and mythology of arms and armour as well as popular culture and the supernatural.

The Unquiet Dead
25th January 2018, 6.30 – 8pm
Local and Family History, Leeds Central Library
A ticketed event suitable for adults
Tickets £5 Click here for tickets
Local storyteller Matthew Bellwood brings to life a selection of macabre tales from the golden age of the ghost story. Laced together with a thread of black humour and framed by a set of traditional English ghost ballads, these are tales to chill the blood and freeze the marrow.
Complementing our Defence Against the Dark Arts screening, The Unquiet Dead is a promenade performance that will visit a number of the library’s spookiest spots – offering a glimpse into the hidden corners of one of the city’s most beautiful Victorian buildings.

 

 

 

 

 

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