Lord Voldemort’s plot to steal the Philosopher’s stone. The basilick. Befriending Dragons. Unicorns. The Centaur Firenze. Was it all J.K. Rowling’s fantasy – or is a bit of history behind the magic of Harry Potter?
On June 9, Laupus Library opens an exciting exhibit that begs the question. “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine” will explore the world of Harry Potter and the hocus-pocus of the Renaissance era that inspired it.
“In 1997, British author J.K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter and a literary phenomenon was born. 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 and medicine.
The exhibit will display and explore potions, monsters, herbology, magical creatures, fantastic beasts and immortality. It will also feature the works of Renaissance-era science, magic and medicine figures like Nicolas Flamel, Konrad Genser and Agrippa von Nettesheim.”
Laupus extends an invitation to everyone – especially Harry Potter fans. Attendees are encouraged to dress in Harry Potter character attire. The exhibit opens on June 9 at 8:00 a.m. and remains free and open to the public through July 19.
The exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. For more information: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/about/exhibition/harrypotter-bookinfo.html.
Kelly R. Dilda
Public Communications Specialist