First Harry Potter book to go on show in Edinburgh

JK Rowling. Picture: Ian West/PA Wire
JK Rowling. Picture: Ian West/PA Wire
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The 20th anniversary of the landmark publication of the first Harry Potter book is being celebrated with a special “pop-up” exhibition at the National Library of Scotland.

The star attraction will be a rare first edition of the very first book filled with personal notes and drawings by its author, JK Rowling.

She famously wrote most of the book in cafes not far from the National Library in Edinburgh.

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In 2005, JK Rowling signed and donated the very first copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to the National Library of Scotland. This will also be on show on June 26.

The library’s modern collections manager Graeme Hawley, who has organised the event, said: “For many people Harry Potter was their introduction to storytelling and reading and it has had a huge impact on their lives. We want to share that with them at this important anniversary.”

The items will all be on display in the Library’s boardroom on George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, from 12 noon until 7pm on June 26. Entry is free.