Fantastic Beasts themed exhibition comes to Natural History Museum

Visitors to London’s Natural History Museum will see creatures, specimens and artefacts from the Museum’s world-leading scientific collection displayed side by side with elements from the wizarding world – which will be immediately recognisable to fans of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts stories and the film series of the same names.

Combining the creative power of film, television, literature and science, ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature’ is a partnership between the Natural History Museum, the BBC and Warner Bros. which has been developed to shine a light on beasts in all their fantastic forms, including those created by J.K. Rowling both in her stories and in the Fantastic Beasts film series.

Opening in spring 2020 at London’s Natural History Museum, the exhibition will showcase creatures from the natural, mythical worlds and the Wizarding World.

In the Museum’s Waterhouse Gallery, viewers will encounter legendary beasts next to dazzling specimens and historic objects from the world-leading scientific collection. Digital installations and wizarding world elements from the Fantastic Beasts film series will add an extra touch of magic.

For the first time, visitors will 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. They will learn about the character of Magizoologist Newt Scamander, who made his first appearance in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Clare Matterson CBE, executive director of Engagement at the Natural History Museum, commented: “Bringing characters from the wizarding world together with some of the most fantastic creatures from the natural world will produce a captivating experience that will show how the natural world has inspired legends and stories that have enthralled generations.’

The exhibition also has an educational aspect, as visitors  discover that, like many of the fantastic beasts, real-world animals need our help. Taking inspiration from the stories of dedicated conservationists and scientists and inspired by Newt’s commitment to the beasts in the wizarding world, the exhibition hopes to leave visitors with a clear understanding of why it is more important than ever to care for and protect the rich biodiversity of our planet.

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