Six weeks of wizarding wonder are coming to Glen Ellyn and Muggles of all ages are invited to experience the magic of Harry Potter as the Glen Ellyn Public Library hosts the National Library of Medicine’s touring exhibit: “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine.”
The exhibit features beautifully rendered and informative panels detailing the world of Harry Potter and its roots in Renaissance science, medicine, history and culture.
Although perceived as fantasy, the magic depicted in the popular Harry Potter novels and films can be traced to Renaissance traditions that played a pivotal role in the development of modern science and medicine.
Using materials from the National Library of Medicine’s “History of Medicine” collection, the exhibition explores Harry Potter’s wizarding world, its roots in Renaissance science and the ethical questions that affect not only the wizards in JK Rowling’s books, but also the historical thinkers featured in the series. Featuring fifteenth and sixteenth-century works from the period’s leading thinkers, alchemists, naturalists and occultists, the exhibition panels explore the intersection between the Harry Potter novels and Renaissance thinkers, lore and practices.
An opening reception for Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine will take place during the Glen Ellyn Public Library’s Ice Cream Social on Monday, June 9th from 7-8:30pm and will feature free ice cream, ice pops, fresh fruit, a Harry Potter magic show, Quittich matches and a platform 9 ¾ Scavenger Hunt. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to dress as a Harry Potter character for an opportunity to win a special prize.
The exhibition can be viewed through July 14 during library hours, which can be found at gepl.org.