Harry Potter’s World

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Come see the Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Medicine, and Magic Exhibit

This banner exhibit from the National Library of Medicine will be on display from Sept. 14-21 at Main Library.

Main Library, Library Hours, Sept. 14-21

HPW-installationAbout the exhibit: In 1997, British author J. K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter and a literary phenomenon was born. Millions of readers have followed Harry to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he discovers his heritage, encounters new plants and animals, and perfects his magical abilities. Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy. Incorporating the work of several 15th- and 16th-century thinkers, the seven-part series examines important ethical topics such as the desire for knowledge, the effects of prejudice, and the responsibility that comes with power.

This exhibition, using materials from the National Library of Medicine, explores Harry Potter’s world, its roots in Renaissance science, and the ethical questions that affected not only the wizards of Harry Potter, but also the historical thinkers featured in the series.


Harry Potter Event & Costume Contest

harry-potterStop in to see the Harry Potter’s World display and enter our week long contests.

Be sure to drop by on Sat., Sept. 19, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., for our Harry Potter’s World event with crafts, a costume contest at noon and more!

Main Library, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sat., Sept. 19 – Harry Potter’s World event


From the National Library of Medicine:

The magic in J. K. Rowling’s series of Harry Potter novels is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy. Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance, Science, Magic, and Medicine explores the intersection of these worlds, featuring highlights from the collections of the History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine.

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