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December Issue 2010

Charleston County Public Library in Charleston, SC, Offers Harry Potter Exhibit

The Charleston County Public Library in Charleston, SC, is presenting a nationally traveling exhibit exploring Harry Potter's world. The exhibit, Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine, explores the fictional world of Potter's world of wizardry and the ethical questions that affected not only the fictional wizards in Potter's world, but also some of the great Renaissance thinkers. The exhibit is on view at the CCPL's Main Library, at 68 Calhoun Street in downtown Charleston, through Dec. 12, 2010.

The exhibit will be moved and open to the public at the Medical University of South Carolina's Colbert Education Center and Library, at 171 Ashley Avenue, on view from Dec. 20-Jan. 7, 2011. During the exhibition period, several programs are planned to explore specific topics related to the exhibit.

Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine was organized by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD. CCPL is one of 12 libraries selected to participate in the traveling exhibition tour coordinated by the American Library Association Public Programs Office, Chicago.

In the Harry Potter series, author J.K. Rowling incorporates the work of several 15th- and 16th-century thinkers to examine important ethical topics, such as the desire for knowledge, the effects of prejudice and the responsibility that comes with power. The exhibit features works from these scholars, including naturalist Konrad Gesner, alchemist Nicolas Flamel and occultist Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim, and explores their understandings of natural philosophy, medicine and magic. It also highlights illustrations from Renaissance texts of some of the fantastic creatures and plants featured in Harry Potter, including basilisks, dragons, merpeople and mandrakes, using them to explore the intersection between the novels and Renaissance thinkers, lore and practices.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Library at 843-805-6930 or visit (www.ccpl.org).


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