Throughout the month of September, the Durham County Library will host “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine,” a new small format traveling exhibition organized by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. Durham County Library is one of 12 libraries selected to participate in the traveling exhibition tour coordinated by the American Library Association.
With materials from the National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine collections, the exhibit explores Harry Potter’s world, its roots in Renaissance science and the ethical questions that affected not only the wizards in J.K. Rowling’s books, but also the historical thinkers featured in the series. Exhibition panels feature the works of 15th- and 16th-century alchemists, naturalists and occultists and explore the intersection between the Harry Potter novels and Renaissance thinkers, lore and practices.
In conjunction with the exhibition, the library will present “Things Most Strange and Wondrous: Medicine in the Renaissance,” a lecture/discussion led by Duke history professor Tom Robisheaux, on Sunday, September 6, 3 p.m., on Roxboro Street at the public library's main location.
In conjunction with the Harry Potter’s World exhibit at the public library, the Duke University Medical Center Library and Archives (DUMCLA) is contributing items from their collection that highlight the themes of the exhibit. Both the six panel Harry Potter’s World exhibit and the DUMCLA display are on display on the third floor of the Durham County Library's main location on Roxboro Street.
Image credit: Illustration of an alchemy workshop Courtesy National Library
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