UBC Library’s Harry Potter collection and magical creatures books at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

    Librarians Katherine Kalsbeek and Chelsea Shriver pose with Professor Ono and wife Wendy Yip

An exhibit of rare and antiquarian books

UBC Library organized a second exhibit of our Harry Potter collection in tandem with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsTM performance, which took place April 7–9. This exhibit was the second in a continuing series: the first exhibit accompanied VSO’s performance of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s StoneTM in 2016.

Unique to the recent exhibit was the addition of several antiquarian books from the William C. Gibson History of Medicine and Science Collection, showcasing historical etchings of magical creatures that appear in the famous series. The four display cases comprising the exhibit received noted attention, and many guests posed for photos in front our Harry Potter at UBC Library banner. The exhibit was curated and executed by Rare Books Librarians Katherine Kalsbeek and Chelsea Shriver.

View of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra warming up prior to the performance.

Guests to the performance peruse the exhibit of our Harry Potter collection

A well-received performance

The Orpheum was buzzing with excitement for the performance, with many guests in Harry Potter themed costumes. UBC Library faculty and staff were present at the performance over the weekend, as well as UBC’s president Professor Santa Ono, with his wife Wendy Yip. Also present was Tom Felton, who plays Draco Malfoy in the films. Felton is here in Vancouver filming The Flash for the CW network.

We look forward to partnering with VSO again in future, and continuing to share our Harry Potter special editions!

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