May 11 – June 20 the traveling exhibit Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine will be on display at the library! Come check out this display from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
There was a lot more to magic, as Harry quickly found out, than waving your wand and saying a few funny words.
Harry Potter’s World letterhead with owl
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.
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.
Read more about the exhibition here: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/harrypottersworld/.
To fully enjoy this display, the library be showing all 8 Harry Potter movies the first week in June!
Tuesday, June 2 – The Sorcerer’s Stone at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, June 3 – The Chamber of Secretes at 2 p.m. and The Prisoner of Azkaban at 5 p.m.
Thursday, June 4 – The Goblet of Fire at 2 p.m. and The Order of the Phoenix at 5 p.m.
Saturday, June 6 – The Half-Blood Prince at 1 p.m.
Monday, June 8 – The Deathly Hallows Part 1 at 2 p.m. and Part 2 at 5 p.m.
Everyone is welcome! Bring your own snacks and drinks with lids. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.