THE wonder of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series has been captured in a new exhibition on the history of magic and folklore.

‘Harry Potter: A History of Magic’ displays magical treasures from the local area at The Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough.

Visitors will be welcomed into the Great Hall by the ghost of Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington and be able to visit the Weasley’s to paint a picture to decorate The Burrow.

They will also have the opportunity to wear wizarding robes, try on the sorting hat, and explore The Dorman Museum’s very own Diagon Alley.

The exhibition has been created in collaboration with The British Library and delves deep into the Dorman Museum’s collection, as well as those of Middlesbrough Libraries and Teesside Archives.

Dorman Museum is one of 22 major libraries across the UK involved in the Living Knowledge Network which aims to make intellectual heritage more accessible.

Access Officer for the Dorman Museum Zoe Wilson said: “Harry Potter has cast a spell over young and old alike since the publication of JK Rowling’s first book 21 years ago.

“This exhibition is a celebration of a wonderful fantasy world, and a chance for visitors to soak up some local magic and folklore.”

  • The ‘Harry Potter: A History of Magic’ exhibition is open July 17 to September 2. Admission is free. More information can be found at