Well, not really Harry Potter, per se, but an exhibit tracing medical history starting with potions, herbs, and mythical monsters and going up to today’s modern science is on display at the UCF College of Medicine’s library now until August 21.
“There was a lot more to magic, Harry quickly finds out, than waving your wand and saying a few funny words,” once explained J.K. Rowling, author of the international best-selling children’s book about the boy who discovers he can do magic. Using Harry’s success, the National Library of Medicine created an entire exhibit centered around the medicine behind the books and it is now traveling around the county.
Here’s what the exhibit’s website says:
“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.”
Ever wonder about the medicinal value behind a unicorn’s horn? This exhibit will explain it to you…pretty cool, huh?