Harry Potter Exhibit Opens at British Library
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Harry Potter lovers around the world may want to thank Alice Newton.
She was eight years old when her father brought home a manuscript for her to read. At the time, he was working for Bloomsbury Publishing.
After reading the manuscript, Alice wrote a note to her father: "The excitement in this book made me feel warm inside," she wrote. "I think it is probably one of the best books an 8 or 9 year old could read."
Based in part on Alice's comments, Bloomsbury went on to publish "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone."
Alice's note to her father is part of the British Library's new exhibition, "Harry Potter: A History of Magic." It celebrates the 20th anniversary of the publication of J.K. Rowling's first book about Harry and his friends at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
When "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" was released in 1997, Bloomsbury sent just 500 copies to stores in Britain and another 500 copies to British libraries.
Now, Harry and his friends are known worldwide.
The exhibit at the British Library includes Rowling's outline for her books, her artwork of its characters and a map of the Hogwarts School. It also includes early versions of Rowling's books that were rejected by other publishers.
The show has two rooms. They are divided up based on the subjects offered at Hogwarts. Areas include Potions, Herbology, Care of Magical Creatures and Defense Against the Dark Arts.
Each area describes the stories and beliefs that Rowling included in her books.
Included in the exhibition are discussions of alchemy, the European traditions that led to modern chemistry, and the Ripley Scroll -- a six-meter-long document from the 1500s. It describes how to make a Philosopher's Stone.
The British Library has already sold about 30,000 tickets to the exhibit — the most advance tickets ever sold for a British Library exhibition.
The show closes on February 28, 2018. It will then travel to New York for the 20th anniversary of the release of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," the book's title in the United States.
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2.in part 部分；某种程度上
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6.It will then travel to New York for the 20th anniversary of the release of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," the book's title in the United States.
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全球的哈利·波特（Harry Potter）粉丝可能要感谢爱丽丝·牛顿（Alice Newton） 。
爱丽丝8岁时，父亲把一部手稿带回家让她阅读 。当时，她的父亲在布卢姆斯伯里出版社工作 。
爱丽丝读完手稿后给父亲留了一个便条：“书中刺激的情节使我内心温暖 。这可能是最适合8、9岁孩子阅读的书籍之一 。”
大英图书馆举办的全新“哈利·波特：魔法史”还将展出爱丽丝写给父亲的便条 。这次展览是为了纪念J.K. 罗琳第一本书籍出版20周年，这本书讲述的是哈利和朋友们在霍格沃茨魔法学校的故事 。
大英图书馆将展出罗琳的书稿大纲、角色插画以及霍格沃茨魔法学院的地图 。展品还包括罗琳早期被其它出版社拒绝的稿件 。
这次展览分为两个展厅，这是根据霍格沃茨魔法学院开设的学科划分的 。学科领域包括魔药、草药学、奇兽饲育学和黑魔法防御术 。每个领域都阐释了罗琳在书中描绘的故事和理念 。
展览还包括对炼金术的探讨（这一欧洲传统后来发展成现代化学），还有来自16世纪的60米长的文献《雷普利卷轴》（The Ripley Scroll） 。卷轴中记录了如何制作魔法石 。
这次展览将于2018年2月28日结束 。之后它将参加纽约举办的《哈利·波特与魔法石》20周年纪念展 。