A new exhibition due to open at London’s Natural History Museum this spring will showcase creatures from the natural and mythical worlds in Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature.
In a first for visitors, specimens and artefacts from the Museum’s scientific collection will be displayed side by side with creatures from the wizarding world of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts stories.
Combining elements from film, television, literature and science, this ambitious exhibition is a partnership between the Natural History Museum, the BBC and Warner Bros, with spectacular digital installations adding a touch of magic.
Visitors will get to see a tiger and a Galápagos marine iguana alongside wizarding world specimens including an Erumpent horn and the dragon skull from Professor Lupin’s classroom, among other fascinating exhibits. There will also be the chance to compare the camouflage tactics of a jaguar to that of the wizarding world’s Demiguise, and come face to face with a giant oarfish, the world’s longest bony fish – thought to be the inspiration for mythical sea serpents.
A BBC One documentary – Fantastic Beasts: A Natural History – will also be released to coincide with the exhibition, presented by Stephen Fry. The origins and stories of mythical creatures will be explored, with behind the scenes look at The Natural History Museum specimens, drawing parallels between the real world and the worlds of mythology and literature.
Tickets for Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder go on sale this Thursday 16th January, with priority booking available here. The exhibition is free to Natural History Museum members.