Natural History Museum Strays into JK Rowling Advertorial Territory

By Gary Cutlack on at

The latest exhibition within London's Natural History Museum would appear to be funded in part by the Harry Potter billions in the bank at Warner Bros, as the museum's organising some fictional "fantastical beasts" to sit in the gallery alongside the real historical monsters that may have inspired their creation.

The Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature event opens this spring, and will give Potter Universe fans a chance to see an actual* Erumpent horn in the museum, along with a dragon skull** as seen in Professor Lupin's classroom in whatever film that was. This bending of the usual museum rules also includes some interactive features, as visitors will be able to enjoy "digital installations and iconic wizarding world elements" too.

Even the BBC is getting in on it, with the broadcaster's Natural History Unit recording a documentary along similar lines, as Stephen Fry embarks on a TV journey on BBC One no less to link mythical creatures with their real world inspirations. [NHM via BBC]