Storyboard scenes from 2006 subsequently omitted from the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix film is one of the new acquisitions now featured in the Children's Literature section of the in the Schøyen Collection website. Others include:
- originals watercolours of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
- a first edition paperback of Matilda signed by Roald Dahl and featuring a drawing by Dahl's illustrator, the eminent Quentin Blake
- original handrwritten shorthand and Swedish text thought to be a draft of one of the Pippi Longstocking books byAstrid Lindgren
- a signed paperback first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone accompanied by the original artist's conception of Dumbledore
Some of the items are unique or rare - the only water colour of Peter Rabbit running for his life from Mr McGregor, the rare drawing by Quentin Blake of Mrs Trunchbull looking cross at Matilda outside the artist's own collection and Thomas Taylor's artisitic interpretation of Dumbledore before he actually reading the first Harry Potter book. Another is a manuscript outside a collection acknowledged by UNESCO as being important to World Heritage: Astrid Lindgren's original manuscripts in Kungliga Biblioteket in Stockholm were placed on UNESCO's World Heritage list in 2005.
The Schøyen Collection website continues to be a resource to academics and scholars, as well as general students of world history. In 2008, the website had some 5 million hits and the Schøyen Collection routinely receives image and information requests from authors, publishers, educators and the media.
Note to Editors:
The Schøyen Collection crosses borders and unites cultures, religions and unique materials found nowhere else. The Collection, based in London and Oslo, contains over 20,000 significant manuscripts of major cultural importance and is an important part of the world’s heritage.
There is no public collection that has the Schøyen Collection’s unique array of manuscripts from all the greatest manuscript hoards, including the Dead Sea Scrolls, The Cairo Genizah of Hebrew MSS, The Oxyrhynchus hoard of classical papyri, The Dishna Biblical papyri, The Nag Hammadi Gnostic papyri, the Dunhuang hoard of Buddhist MSS, and many others. Nor is there one with such a variety, geographically, linguistically and textually, and of scripts and writing materials, covering so a great span of time — 5,000 years of history.