Be Inspired By Harry Potter: A History Of Magic And Explore The British Library Collections

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Be Inspired By Harry Potter: A History Of Magic And Explore The British Library Collections

This is a sponsored article on behalf of the British Library.

There are certainly no back to school blues when it comes to courses at the British Library — there's plenty on offer for anyone who fancies learning something mind-blowing.

If you'd rather spend your evenings away from the screen, or have always wanted to discover literature, develop your skills in illustration or simply find out more about witchcraft, this is the place for you.

Whether you want to get hands on with a bookbinding workshop or learn all about Beowulf and Chaucer, the British Library is sure to have a course that will get you itching to find out more. All of the courses use items from the collections, so you'll be making use of the world-class facilities we have here in London.

Inspired by the upcoming Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition, go back in time and learn about medieval magic and astrology, find out about the torture and trials of witchcraft in early modern Europe, or explore how literature through the ages has dealt with the themes of magic and enchantment — from the classics, to Tolkien, to contemporary fiction.

Perhaps you're ready for bookish insights; in which case, explore the remarkable history of the book. You can even get expert advice on how to build your own story, looking at characters, plot and the all-important ending.

But what's a story without an illustration?

Luckily, these guys have got this covered. Get your brush at the ready, and create your own magical world in a workshop led by a top artist.

You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to learning something new. Make this autumn the one that will widen your cultural horizons.

Courses are now open for booking. You can check out the full list here, and get the lowdown on how to get involved.

Last Updated 15 September 2017