The magical beast featured on our exclusive Snowy Owl Enamel Pin is a detail from John James Audubon's original 1829 watercolor, Snowy Owl , in the collection of the New-York Historical Society and featured in the exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic.
John James Audubon is considered Americas first great watercolorist and foremost painter of wildlife. The New-York Historical Society holds all 435 watercolors for the double elephant folio The Birds of America (1827-38), engraved by Robert Havell Jr.
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, our Snowy Owl and her friends make perfect stocking stuffers – collect them all!