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Harry Potter's World traveling exhibit at library

There’s a bit of magic in an exhibit at Briggs Library.

The library is hosting the traveling exhibition Harry Potter’s World:  Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine from Feb. 12 to March 24. This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

Fans of the Harry Potter books and movies have followed the adventures of Harry and his friends from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since the release of the series’ first book in 1997 by British author J.K. Rowling. Through this exhibit, visitors will learn how the Harry Potter series was inspired by Renaissance era treatments, traditions, and thinkers, as well as how medical practices and treatments of those times influenced modern science.

A program for Harry Potter’s World will be held on Feb. 27 at 7 pm at Briggs Library, which will feature a presentation by Dr. Erika Tritle called “Imitating the Image of God and Conquering the Stars: Magic, Alchemy, and Religion in the Roots of Modern Science.”

Along with the traveling exhibition, visitors can see a supplemental display of Harry Potter props and books.

The exhibition is free and open for viewing by the public during regular library hours.

The Harry Potter’s World exhibition and its program is brought to Briggs Library through the generous sponsorship of Dr. David and Mrs. Marcia Chicoine. More information about the display is at