Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine at MHC
Mount Holyoke College to Host the Exhibit:
Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine
January 28 – February 26, 2010
Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine is a traveling exhibit which focuses on Harry Potter’s magical world and its connections to Renaissance thinkers, lore and practices. Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA will explore this history by looking at primary sources from the Renaissance, performing Renaissance music, lectures and book discussions.
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 and its roots in Renaissance magic, science, and medicine.
Mount Holyoke College Williston Library is one of only 12 libraries selected to host Harry Potter’s World by the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The National Library of Medicine partnered with the American Library Association to create a traveling version of the Harry Potter’s World exhibition. – The Williston Library is located at 50 College Street (directions). Click HERE for hours. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information about the exhibit, Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine, including educational resources, is available at the National Library of Medicine web site. There you will find lessons and educational activities to supplement this exhibit, including:
- Desire for Knowledge and Different Perspectives are guided online activities that navigate parts of Harry Potter’s World with a specific interpretive plan.
- Boggart and Fear in Harry Potter, a language lesson plan, and Genetic Traits in Harry Potter, a science lesson plan, are two lesson plans prepared for middle- and high-school teachers. Each lesson plan contains background information and resources related to Harry Potter or academic topics, national standards, learning outcomes, step-by-step procedures, and all classroom materials.
Harry Potter: The Exhibit
Harry Potter: The Exhibition, created by Warner Brothers and Exhibit group/Giltspur is entirely separate and unrelated to this library exhibition. Harry Potter: The Exhibition is currently on display at the Museum of Science in Boston, MA until February 21, 2010.