Harry Potter: A History of Magic

We may not have the ability to create potions or wands made with unicorn tail hairs, but the modern world does have some little hints of magic to it. For example, the British Library’s exhibit for Harry Potter: A History of Magic is now available as part of the Google Arts & Culture app. That means, wherever you are, you can explore the images, interviews, and articles behind the popular exhibit.

It’s not quite as good as waving a wand, but the interactive magic that lets viewers examine the Ripley Scroll with its philosopher’s stone recipe is a kind of magic in its own way. Other documentation includes work from master magician of the written word, J.K. Rowling. The online version includes an early sketch the author made of the Hogwarts grounds and her original pitch letter.

Other real-world magic includes the tiny computer that fits in your pocket but still allows you to immerse yourself in the Harry Potter world. (For you muggles, that’s the mobile game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery.)