Harry Potter's World exhibit opens at Atkins

Harry Potter’s World
Renaissance Science, Magic & Medicine

An exhibition developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. 
 
The opening ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, November 30th from 4:30 – 6:30 pm in the Halton Reading Room of Atkins Library
 
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-banner 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, 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. 
 
Programs related to the exhibit include:
 
Harry Potter's World Opening Reception 
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
4:30-6:30 pm
Dale Halton Reading Room
 
Harry Potter's World Herbology Lunch and Learn 
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
12:00-1:00 pm
McMillan Greenhouse classroom
 
Harry Potter's World: Harry Potter Movie Marathon
Thursday, December 8, 2016 (Reading Day)
Begins at 10:00 am
Atkins Room 125
 
A talk by Dr. Mark West
The Appeal of the Harry Potter Series to Adult Readers
Thursday, December 8, 2016
3:00 pm    
10th Floor Reading Room
 
Harry Potter Yoga
Monday, December 12
3 Sessions: 12:30 PM, 2:00 PM & 3:30 PM    
Dale Halton Reading Room
 
Harry Potter’s World will be on display at UNC Charlotte’s J. Murrey Atkins Library from November 21 through January 7, 2017. For more information please visit http://guides.library.uncc.edu/harry_potter.