The Science, Magic, and Medicine of Harry Potter’s World Comes to Marion Campus Library
Author J.K. Rowling may have introduced the world to Harry Potter in 1997, but some of the ideas and themes in the books were explored over 500 years ago.
The Marion Campus Library will have on display, a traveling exhibit exploring the connections between the fantasy world of the Harry Potter series and the Renaissance traditions that played a 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, 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 display.
The exhibit will be on display from October 31 to December 11. Library hours are Monday-Thursdays 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fridays 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and is closed on Sundays.
In addition to the exhibit, other special programs scheduled include an opening reception with an edible book contest, a Hogwarts workshop for kids, movie showings, and several lectures and book discussions. All programs are free and open to the public with the exception of the Hogwarts workshop, which requires preregistration and a $10 fee.
The Marion Campus Library is located at 1469 Mt. Vernon Ave., Marion, on the campus of The Ohio State University at Marion and Marion Technical College. For more information visit: www.osumarion.osu.edu/harry_potter. In addition, the Marion Public Library and the Marion Arts Palace are local partners providing programs.
Image Above: Illustration of an alchemy workshop Courtesy National Library of Medicine