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Harry Potter exhibit featured Nov. 17-Dec. 12

Illustration of an owl
Konrad Gesner,
Historiae Animalium, 1551

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 explores important ethical topics during Harry's attempts to defeat the villainous Lord Voldemort, such as the desire for knowledge, the effects of prejudice, and the responsibility that comes with power.


Main Library Exhibit Dates: November 17-December 12
68 Calhoun Street, Charleston

MUSC Exhibit Dates: December 20-January 7
Colbert Education Center and Library
171 Ashley Avenue, Charleston

Celebrate the Magic of Harry Potter - Exhibition Opening
Thursday, November 18 from 4-6 p.m.
Main Library Lobby
Join the festivities as CCPL celebrates the opening of the national traveling exhibit Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine. Dress in costume, enjoy children’s activities, light refreshments and be one of the first to experience this new exhibit. The exhibition 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 some of the great Renaissance thinkers.

Illustration of a dragon
Konrad Gesner,
Historiae Animalium, 1551

Harry Potter Trivia Party
Thursday, November 18 at 4 p.m.
Saturday November 20 at 11 a.m.
Main Library Children’s Area

Hop on your Firebolt and join us in the Children's room to celebrate all things Harry Potter. Test your Potter knowledge, 
enjoy crafts and win prizes. Kids are encouraged to dress up like their favorite Harry Potter character.

Illustration of a basilisk
Konrad Gesner,
Historiae Animalium, 1551

See the Chemistry in Harry Potter’s Magic!
Monday, November 22 at 6:30 p.m.
Main Library Auditorium
Witness the mystical world of Harry Potter’s magic through experiments like “The Clock of Repeating Time,” “The Glowing
Slug Spew,” and “The Bubbling Brew of Acid.” Experiments to be presented by College of Charleston students in the Gamma 
Delta Chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma, a professional chemistry fraternity.

The Real Harry Potter: Magic and Witchcraft in Pre-modern Europe
Thursday, December 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Main Library Auditorium
Belief in magic and witchcraft were commonplace in Renaissance-era Europe, with people frequently relying on spells and charms as they faced the hazards of everyday life. Join Dr. Jason Coy of the College of Charleston history department as he explores these phenomena, revealing the historical bases of the magical practices featured in the Harry Potter novels.

Harry Potter, Alchemy and Modern Medicine
Wednesday, December 15 at 12 p.m.
MUSC Waring Historical Library, 175 Ashley Avenue
Dr. Wayne Weart will explore the links between the alchemists of the past and the apothecary of yesterday and today, including a look at some of the signs, symbols and tools that have evolved over several centuries. Reservations required. Call 792-2289.


Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine,
a traveling exhibition for libraries, was organized by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md. The tour is coordinated by
the American Library Association.