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Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance, Science, Magic, and Medicine

June 9, 2014 – July 19, 2014

The exhibit features beautifully rendered and informative panels detailing the world of Harry Potter and its roots in Renaissance science, medicine, history and culture.

Harry Potter's World Letterhead with Owl
Harry Potter's World Letterhead with Owl
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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.