PREVIEW: Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature, Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum in collaboration with the BBC and Warner Bros have announced details of its Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature exhibition.

This new exhibition will allow visitors to see creatures, specimens and artefacts from the museum’s collection displayed alongside elements from the wizarding world – recognisable to fans of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts stories and the film series of the same names. 

The exhibition will combine the creative power of film, television, literature and science to explore beasts in all their forms, including those created by J.K. Rowling both in her stories and in the Fantastic Beasts film series.

Displayed in the museum’s Waterhouse Gallery, visitors will be able to encounter creatures from the natural, mythical worlds and the Wizarding World. These will be displayed alongside pecimens and historic objects from the world-leading scientific collection as well as digital installations and iconic wizarding world elements from the Fantastic Beasts film series.

This will provide an opportunity 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 as well as learning more about the character of Magizoologist Newt Scamander.

Talking about the exhibition, Clare Matterson CBE, Executive Director of Engagement at the Natural History Museum, said: “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.”

Throughout the display, visitors will be able to compare and contrast the camouflage tactics of a jaguar to that of the wizarding world’s Demiguise and the mating rituals of the peacock spider to the wizarding world’s Erumpent. 

Tickets for the exhibition are on sale now.

Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature will be on display at the Natural History Museum from the 9th December until August 2021.

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