Fantastic Beasts Exhibition

Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature is an international traveling exhibition that showcases magical creatures featured in the Wizarding World alongside the real-world animals that may have inspired J.K. Rowling’s creations. It was established for guests of all ages, and the average ticket price is around US$24. The Natural History Museum, Warner Bros., and the BBC Studios Natural History Unit teamed up to produce the exhibition.

The exhibition took two years to put together and highlights the work of Magizoologist Newt Scamander, as well as that of real-life explorers and zoologists in the Muggle world. The exhibition also illuminates some of the creatures that are thought to have inspired mythical beasts throughout the centuries. Visitors can also explore magical creature props from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts film series.

Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature debuted on December 9, 2020, at London’s Natural History Museum and closed on January 3, 2022. It then opened at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada, on June 11, 2022, where it will remain through January 2, 2023.

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Companion Book
"Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature: The Book of the Exhibition" cover image, 3D view

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Publication Date: November 26, 2020
Publisher: Bloomsbury
160 pages

Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature: Amazing Animals and the Magical Creatures of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts is the official companion to the Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature exhibition at the Natural History Museum. This companion book explores our planet’s wild animals, including mythical and legendary creatures and the fantastic beasts featured in the books and films.

The specimens found within the Natural History Museum’s exhibition are featured alongside the breathtaking artwork of the Wizarding World’s magical creatures. These illustrations also feature fascinating props and artifacts from the Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter films and stunning wildlife photography. In addition to these beautiful illustrations, each chapter features an original essay written by a well-known writer, environmentalist, or natural history expert, which offers insight into the exhibition.

Fantastic Beasts: A Natural History

Stephen Fry surrounded by magical and Muggle creatures in promotion for "Fantastic Beasts: A Natural History."
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Fantastic Beasts: A Natural History is a documentary hosted by Stephen Fry, the narrator of the Harry Potter audiobooks in the United Kingdom. The documentary follows Fry as he travels around the world to learn about the history of unusual animals that inspired some of the magical creatures in the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series. In conjunction with the Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature exhibition, viewers also get to explore exclusive areas of London's Natural History Museum while learning about parallels between real-world animals and mythological creatures. The documentary premiered in the United Kingdom on February 27, 2022, and in the United States on April 1, 2022. It is available for US viewers to stream on HBO Max.