By KRISTOFER PURNELL
Now you’ll know where to find fantastic beasts. For the first time in their history, the Natural History Museum in London will be displaying fictional objects and “remains” of creatures from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter franchise, particularly from her spin-off book and ongoing film series Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them featuring Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander.
“Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature” is a collaboration between the museum and Warner Brothers, the studio adapting Rowling’s books. The BBC is also involved through a documentary narrated by Stephen Fry that blends natural history with the fictional history in Rowling’s works.
Visitors will get to learn about the fictional Scamander and his love for magical creatures, informing them how both fictional and real-life animals can be protected. Some of the objects that will be displayed are Erumpet horns, Demiguise skins, dragon skulls, alongside real remains animal remains.
While the museum has billed it as a “spectacular celebration of science and nature packed full of surprises and mesmeric experiences” but it has not revealed any “commercial arrangements” for the exhibit.
“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,” says the museum’s executive director of engagement Clare Matterson. “It will be impossible to leave without wanting to learn more about the wonders of our planet and how we can all better protect it.”