Dive into the world of Magizoology (the study of magical creatures) throughout the MFA collection and see how fine art may have influenced the fictional Harry Potter universe, just in time for the release of J. K. Rowling’s new film Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.

Featuring a cast of MFA characters


Above, clockwise from upper left: After a design by Thomas Hope, Griffin wall light, about 1802. 2010.1045. Beech and limewood, painted to simulate bronze. Gift of Horace Wood Brock in memory of Norna “Miki” Sarofim; Joachim Fries, Diana and Stag Automaton, about 1610–20. 2004.568. Cast and chased silver, partially gilded and painted with translucent lacquers. Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously and the William Francis Warden Fund, Frank B. Bemis Fund, Mary S. and Edward Jackson Holmes Fund, John Lowell Gardner Fund, and by exchange from the Bequest of William A. Coolidge; Panpipes (paixiao) (detail), 19th century. 17.2098. Lacquered wood, bamboo. Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection; Chen Rong, Nine dragons (detail), dated 1244. 17.1697. Ink and color on paper. Francis Gardner Curtis Fund.

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