“There was a lot more to magic, as Harry quickly found out, than waving your wand and saying a few funny words.” Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter's World is an exhibition developed and produced by the Exhibition Program at the National Library of Medicine. Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine is a six-banner traveling exhibition created to explore the link between Harry Potter and the history of science using materials from the National Library of Medicine.
Harry Potter’s World will stop on its tour around the United States at the Collierville Burch Library from July 3 through August 12th, 2017.
On July 11th the Collierville Burch Library will host Explore Harry Potter’s World Family Day from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. Join the fun in this library-wide celebration of Harry Potter's World. In conjunction with the 6 theme panels of the exhibit, there will be 6 stations for families to participate in with activities related to each panel. Check out the traveling exhibit, create an immortality stone, make a mask, plant herb seeds, build a monster out of Legos, and make a wand, and see some live animals in a special presentation of Magical Creatures!
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.
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.
This exhibition is brought to you by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
Curated by Elizabeth J. Bland.