Join the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at the “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” Exhibition!

This winter, Hogwarts Express departs from Tokyo Station, not from London! Every fan of the Harry Potter series would love to experience the world of Harry’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In the ongoing exhibition “Harry Potter and the History of Magic” at Tokyo Station Gallery this dream will come true. Experience how it would feel if you were a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry!

Exhibition poster inside the Tokyo Station

More than 20 years have passed since the first book of the world’s best-selling “Harry Potter” series was published in 1997. But the “magic” of the story about Harry and his friends hasn’t faded a bit. The exhibition “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” allows visitors to trace the history of enchantment, divination, and witchcraft once people believed in. The various valuable materials stem mainly from the British Library’s collection. The exhibition consists of 10 chapters according to the subjects taught at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

At the entrance of the exhibition
With its historic, beautiful red bricks Tokyo Station Gallery is the perfect backdrop for this exhibition. What a magical atmosphere! On the left:  Study of Buckbeak the Hippogriff by Jim Kay [Bloomsbury Publishing Plc]
The exhibition rooms feel is as if you have stepped into the library of the magic school. Exploded cauldron / 20th century [The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, Cornwall]
UFOs? Flying saucers? I loved the humor!

The venue is divided into 10 chapters with interesting titles such as “Alchemy”, “Herbology”, and “Magic Creatures”.

The descriptions of the exhibits are mainly in Japanese, but the explanation of each chapter and the titles of the exhibits are written in English, too.
Old book on herbal medicine. The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes. Gathered by John Gerarde of
London, Master in Chirurgerie / London, 1597 [The British Library]
The highlights of the exhibition are drafts and sketches by J.K. Rolling, the author of “Harry Potter”.

J.K. Rolling-related exhibits are marked with a red stamp. Drawing of Harry Potter, Dumbledore, McGonagall and Hagrid by J.K. Rowling ©️ J.K. Rowling
International editions of the Harry Potter novels / 1997–2017. I own the British version on the left!

Of course, a lot of exhibits are directly related to the story of “Harry Potter”.

I discovered the broom used by Harry during his Quidditch games, a sport in the magical world! Broomstick belonging to Olga Hunt [The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, Cornwall]
Trying to catch the golden snitch!

My personal highlight was the exhibition of Japanese “fantastic beasts”, like a kappa and a dragon mummy. These exhibits stem from the 17th century!

A kappa mummy / Japan, donated 1682(?) [Zuiryuji Temple, Osaka]

Don’t miss the museum shop!

A variety of items are available, from “Harry Potter” patches to clothes.
There are also venue-limited goods!
Official catalog of the exhibition

The admission ticket for this exhibition requires a reservation for a specific date, but there are already sold-out slots, so if you want to visit the museum, please secure your ticket as soon as possible.

1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
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Nearest stations: Tokyo Station, Otemachi Station, Nijubashimae Station

Harry Potter: A History Of Magic (Japanese) (English)
Admission: General 2500 yen, high school/university students 1500 yen, elementary/junior high school students 500 yen.
As a general rule, admission tickets must be purchased in advance with a designated date and time (sold as Lawson tickets). Same-day tickets will be sold at Tokyo Station Gallery Counter when Lawson Ticket still has tickets left.