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Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine

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From the U.S. National Library of Medicine comes Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine. This digital exhibition highlights the relationships between the magic depicted in the Harry Potter universe and the "Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy." Here, readers will find (under the exhibitions tab) multiple examples of Renaissance texts discussing potions, monsters, herbology, magical creatures, and immortality, with each example paired with relevant examples from the Harry Potter books. Under the SEE the digital gallery tab toward the bottom of the page, visitors can browse scanned images from 25 works by Renaissance thinkers such as Nicolas Flamel, Paracelsus, and Ambroise Pare. Teaching resources, such as lesson plans and modules for students in middle school through university level, can be found under the education tab. Harry Potter's World uses materials from the NLM's History of Medicine collection and was curated by Elizabeth J. Bland. It is is the digital counterpart to a traveling exhibition by the same name, which has been on the road since 2009.
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Date of Scout Publication 2018-08-24
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2018/0824

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