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Harry Potter Fever Comes to the National Library of Medicine

Exhibit: Medicine and Magic in Harry Potter

There is more to the Harry Potter series than a child hero or a fantasy adventure–many characters, plants, and creatures are based in history, medicine, and magical lore. Ms Rowling has drawn on important works of alchemy and herbology in shaping her stories.

In a special temporary exhibition, Medicine and Magic in Harry Potter, the History of Medicine Division showcases seven of the beautiful, centuries-old treasures in its collection that are mentioned in Harry Potter. In addition, a free screening of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” will be shown on Friday, September 7th, 2007 in the Lister Hill Auditorium, NIH Building 38A

When: Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, through November 30, 2007

Where: Inside the History of Medicine Division Reading Room, first floor, National Library of Medicine, Building 38, National Institutes of Health campus, Bethesda, Maryland

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