The magical beast featured on our exclusive Ripley Lion enamel pin 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 Societywith original material from Harry Potter publisher Scholastic and J.K. Rowlings own archives.
One of a menagerie of magical beast enamel pins created on the occasion of the exhibition, the Ripley Lion and his friends make perfect stocking stuffers – 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,