Harry Potter exhibit
Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine
An Exhibition from the National Library of Medicine & National Institutes of Health
May 15 – June 20
Outside the Community Rooms, Upper Dublin Township Building
Explore the world of Harry Potter and its roots in Renaissance magic, science, and medicine. In 1997, British author J.K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter and a literary phenomenon was born. 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 and medicine.
This exhibition, using materials from the National Library of Medicine, 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 the historical thinkers featured in the series.
This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
Celebrate Harry Potter at UDPL
Harry Potter Breakout Box
Friday, 5/5, 5:30-7p
Use your knowledge of Harry Potter to break into a treasure chest of Gringott’s gold! If you like Escaping the Room, you’ll love breaking into the box!
Harry Potter Trivia Night
Thursday, 5/11, 7-8p
Families, children, teens, & adults
Join us for a fun night of Harry Potter trivia! Your team will compete for prizes!
Registration for this program is now full.
Magician Ran’D Shine
Friday, 5/19, 6:30-7:30p
Children (ages 6 and up), families, teens, & adults
Join us for a night of magic and mystery as we continue to celebrate Harry Potter! Ran’D Shine will entertain and mystify you with his unique brand of magic!
No registration required.
Medieval Image of the Hero in the Harry Potter Novels
Thursday, June 1, 7 pm
Upper Dublin Township Main Meeting Room
For Adults & Teens
This discussion of the medieval influences on J.K. Rowling’s works illustrates the ways in which that colorful time period flavors her novels. Medieval manifestations are keys to understanding the messages that Rowling’s texts have for mature readers. Among her themes are methods for coping with our modern, technologically-obsessed world.
Professor Bryan Polk is a Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies and English at Penn State Abington.