Travelling Harry Potter Exhibit from the University of Alabama at Birmingham

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Jan 09, 2010

Posted by John Admin

A press release from the University of Alabama at Birmingham announces a travelling exhibit to “[show] how Rowling delved into the writings of real 15th and 16th century physicians, scholars and scientists to fashion the basis of magic in the seven Potter books.” Supplemented by the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s collection of “rare, historical medical texts” and presented by the National Library of Medicine, the exhibit, “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine,” will run from the 25th of January until 5th of March.

The exhibit explores Rowling’s references to themes popular with Renaissance scholars as well as the author’s nods to early scientists such as Paracelsus and Agrippa. Elizabeth Jane Furdell Ph.D., a professor of history at the University of North Florida, will deliver a presentation on “Magic Alchemy and Medicine in Harry Potter’s World” on the 2nd of February at 4pm.

More information can be found here.





45 Responses to Travelling Harry Potter Exhibit from the University of Alabama at Birmingham

Avatar Imagenddulac says: I love it when the world of Harry Potter is examined ina hard, academic fashion. (Really - I do!)Avatar ImageRinny says: um, amazing. why? because UAB is like 10 minutes from me. In fact, I spent half of my semester down at UAB. It should be noted that it's not the University of Alabama, i.e. roll tide roll, we just won national championships, but University of Alabama AT Birmingham who put this out. two very different schools- their colors are green, and their mascot is a dragon. Just thought I'd point out the distinction. And it sounds like the exhibit will always be in Birmingham, and the lecturer is just from North Florida. I don't think the lecture is actually in Florida, but still in Birmingham. This is so awesome! Even if it had been at UA, I would've driven down to Tuscaloosa, but this is just around the corner! love it!Avatar Imagekatherine102678 says: It is amazing how many people Harry Potter has touched. I have heard that there are several colleges that offer Harry Potter as an actual college class, using it to compare to religion and other writings.Avatar Imagesnakems says: Oh my goodness! That is amazing! I wish it were in Ohio. :( Florida is so far away! That's ok, though. :)Avatar ImageTassana Burrfoot says: I wanna go!Avatar ImageRavenclaw98 says: That place is amazing!!!Avatar ImageNot Slytherin says: How cool - my sis lives in B'ham. WOOT!Avatar Imagesmil says: JKR is brilliant and her work studying Renaissance natural scientists is not unlike other amazing writers. Check out Mary W. Shelly's Frankenstein.Avatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: Cool, sounds interesting!Avatar Imageharrygetsme says: that's very cool. wish i lived in alabama so i could see for myself! i've actually noticed a lot of the consistencies in the HP books and historical texts in my classes this past semester!Avatar Imagemaimiaa says: that's cool.Avatar Imagekiwimci says: As a Ravenclaw, I'm squeeingAvatar Imagephoenixortheflame says: But why does nothing ever come to my state!?Avatar ImageBoyWithALightningScar says: A scientific approach to Harry Potter, very interesting. I'd love to see it!Avatar ImageToNkS_rip says: very interesting indeed. id love 2 c it 2, but thats kinda unlikely. still, i probably read about enough books about that kinda stuff, that it wouldnt be anything new 2 me... ;pAvatar ImageLoveTomRiddle says: YAY! But North Florida...;( What about central Florida?Avatar ImageLoveTomRiddle says: But I'm really happy for them! I LOVE HARRY POTTERAvatar ImageZephyrFool says: I am happy for them. Jealous. But happy.Avatar ImageDawna says: very cool...would love to see it!Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Wow that sounds really, really interesting!!! I want to go!Avatar Imageapril_showers says: So cool. I must try to go. It's UAB though, University of Alabama at Birmingham, not UA. They're two different schools in two different cities. UAB's a renowned medical school, so it makes sense they'd discuss this aspect of Potter.Avatar ImageNicci Weasley says: That is SO awesome!!!Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: What an interesting exhibition! I wish I was nearer. :(Avatar ImageMaxtina Potter says: Wow! That's really nice!Avatar ImageLadySidi says: That's awesome! I may get to see it in April! :)Avatar Imagelunaisawesome says: kewlAvatar Imagebellaohbella says: sounds intrestingAvatar Imagealicia00 says: y oes it haft to keep movie k cant it just stay in chaigo like it was 2 moves agoAvatar Image42sk8ter says: I would love it if it would come to Texas! Very interesting..Avatar Imagemusicrobot says: Oh my God! I go to UAB! :D This makes me so proud. I can't wait to go. UAB really is a great school, I think, apart from their medical component. I can't believe they're doing something HP-related... How freaking awesome. Go Blazers! :) Avatar Imagephoenixortheflame says: That's...pretty amazing...Avatar ImageCatherine says: hm, i miss it, i wish i went more than once when it was in chicago!Avatar Imagefriendofblob says: I'd love to see that, what you would learn would be amazing.Avatar Imageda_member0808 says: Wow that sounds awesome! I wish I lived close enough to go see it. Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Can you get a Doctorate in HP?Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: @Boy with a lightning scar I agree!!!!Avatar Imagetigerpatronus13 says: OMG!!! this is so perfect B'ham is my home town and now im still only like 2 hours away!!!! im so excited!!!Avatar Imagecghambright says: This is so Awesome!! I live in Alabama!! I'm totally going!! YES! Finally something HP related comes here. It's too bad it didn't come to the University of Alabama (my school), UAB is an hour away. Avatar Imagenealiezealbie says: thats so cool! the care and planning jo took is so amazing. i love learning new things about the series-- it makes me love it even more!Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: wish it was at UGA so i could goAvatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: wish it was at UGA so i could goAvatar Imagewrightrox says: Jo is genius, end of story................genius........Avatar Imagecminmd says: This sounds like an interesting exhibit. I went to the Movie Prop exhibit over the summer when it was in Chicago. The idea of relating HP to the study of alchemy/medicine sounds appealing. I am glad people take JKR's attention to detail and history as seriously as she does. Though the thought of what used to pass for the practice of medicine sounds ghastly!Avatar ImageKami Malfoy says: This sounds fascinating! I wish I could check it out.Avatar ImageAnnecia-Amilla says: wait, wait! You say it's traveling....to where? I'm really excited to see this, it's a few of my favorite thing sall in one!! <3 <3 <3

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