The magical beast featured on our exclusive Ripley Dragon Shaped Magnet played a starring role in the Ripley Scroll, an extraordinary alchemical manuscript featured in the exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic. Alchemy, as the early precursor to modern chemistry, had two basic objectives; to create the Philosopher’s stone, which would turn base metal into gold, and produce an elixir to cure all ills and promote eternal life. The Ripley scroll reveals the means to these goals through fantastical imagery and text.
Harry Potter: A History of Magic at the New-York Historical Society is a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the publication of J. K. Rowlings Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone. The exhibition captures the wizarding traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories through centuries-old treasures including rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from the collections of the British Library and New-York Historical Society with original material from Harry Potter publisher Scholastic and J.K. Rowlings own archives.
One of a menagerie of magical Ripley Scroll products created on the occasion of the exhibition, the Ripley Dragon magnet and related products make excellent gifts for history lovers – collect them all!
The Ripley Scroll, (detail), England, ca. 1570)
Named for the renowned 15th Century alchemist George Ripley (ca. 1415-1490).
General collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library,