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Renaissance, Science, Magic & Medicine

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November 21st thru January 6th

J. Murrey Atkins Library | 1st Floor

a National Library of Medicine Traveling Exhibit

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 exhibit uses materials from the National Library of Medicine to 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. 




fantastic beasts

magical creatures


harry potter cover montage


Fantastic Beasts Contest

Create your own Fantastic Beast to add to the Harry Potter menagerie and win fabulous prizes. Stop by the exhibit on the main floor of the library to pick up your entry form or download this Fantastic Beast form and return them to the library by Wednesday, December 14th. 

Exhibit Events

For detailed information of upcoming events, check out the Calendar of events.
Nov. 30th Opening Reception
Dec. 7th Herbology Lunch & Learn, presentation by Paula Gross
Dec. 8th Harry Potter Movie Marathon
Dec. 8th Appeal of Harry Potter, presentation by Dr. Mark West
Dec. 12th Harry Potter Yoga


Calendar of Events

Parking Details

Visitor parking is available in the Cone Deck adjacent to the Cone Center. More directions and parking information.