Thursday, May 19, 2016

Harry Potter

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.

The boy wizard visited NOVA, navigating the broomstick to the Medical Education Campus, the Woodbridge Campus, and so on to Alexandria, where he was received with raptures by the resident Potter-heads.

(yes, the items pictured above were indeed donated from the personal collections of Library staff).

Or, get your learning outcomes on and take ENG245 with Professor Mike Amey:

ENG 245 - Major English Writers
3.00 cr
Sixteen Week - Regular Academic Session
2:00PM - 3:15PM
Michael Amey
This course uses J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels in conjunction with literary theory and cultural criticism to explore issues of race, class, gender and power.

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