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"Harry Potter's World" Exhibition Coming to Downtown Library
"Harry Potter's World" Exhibition Coming to Downtown Library

The traveling exhibition, “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine,” based on the internationally known Harry Potter book and film series, opens at the Main Library on June 1. The exhibition will be on display through July 7 during regular library hours.


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. Harry Potter's World highlights collections of the History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine.

This exhibition, which chronicles Western medicine and scientific discoveries through rich historical content, is appropriate for young adult and adult audiences.

Special programs will be held in conjunction with the exhibition including guest presenters, demonstrations of armoring and calligraphy, herb gardening, and movie and gaming marathons. Visit jaxpubliclibrary.org for a complete list of programs and details.

This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

Parking is free in the public parking garage on the corner of West Duval Street and Main Street after 5 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends with validation; on weekdays before 5 p.m. the library will validate for one hour.  Validation is offered for parking during library hours at the Ask Here? desk on the ground level.

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