Falk Library to Host “Harry Potter’s World” in February

Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine, will be coming to Falk Library February 14, 2011, through March 26, 2011. This exhibit will bring to light the similarities between Renaissance traditions—such as alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy that played an important role in the development of Western science—and the magic, science and medicine created by J.K. Rowling in her Harry Potter novels.

Please join us for these special events:

Printable poster of Harry Potter events
Printable poster of Harry Potter events


February 22, 6-7 p.m., Scaife Hall, Lecture Room 6

Stephen Greenberg, PhD, coordinator of Public Services, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine, will present “Magic and Monsters in the Stacks: How Harry Potter Came to the National Library of Medicine.”

*There will be a public reception in Falk Library following the lecture.


March 15, 6-7 p.m., Scaife Hall, Lecture Room 5

Sylvia Pamboukian, PhD, assistant professor of English Studies at Robert Morris University, will discuss “The World of Harry Potter: Medieval Medicine, Science, and Magic.”

*Light refreshments will be served in Falk Library following the lecture.

March 24, 2-3 p.m. Scaife Hall, Lecture Room 5

Lori Campbell, lecturer and departmental advisor, Department of English and Film Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh, will be presenting “Harry Potter and the Ultimate In-Between: J.K. Rowling’s Portals of Power in the Harry Potter Series.” Light refreshments will be served in Falk Library following the lecture.

*These lectures are co-sponsored by the C.F. Reynolds Medical History Society.


The Harry Potter movies are being shown the second Monday of the month in Scaife Hall, Lecture Room 6, at 7 p.m. Take a break from studying and enjoy these movies along with the free popcorn!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will be shown Monday, February 14, 2011.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be shown Monday, March 14, 2011.

Please take the time to visit and enjoy this fascinating exhibit while it is here at HSLS. Learn about the link between the fantasy world of Harry Potter and the Renaissance traditions that lead the way to the science and medicine of today. We invite all of you to test your Harry Potter knowledge and experience the roots of modern day medicine.

This traveling exhibit is produced by the National Library of Medicine.

~ Rhoda Ludin