Tuesday, May 22, 2012

from the UCSD Guardian, excerpt with thanks

May 20, 2012

InFocus: Harry Potter's World

Written by Brendan Orta
InFocus: Harry Potter's World
Rebekah Dyer

For over a decade, J.K. Rowling’s fantastic world of magic and adventure has amazed people of all ages. Geisel Library has brought that world into reality by hosting Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine — a traveling exhibit put on by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

The exhibit highlights how many of the marvels and ideas seen within Harry Potter’s stories, such as alchemy and astrology, have real world roots as traditional Renaissance traditions.

The exhibit, running from May 6 to June 16, consists of a number of displays and events.,

Professor (Seth) Lerer, a former teacher at Stanford and Princeton and author of Children’s Literature: A Reader’s History from Aesop to Harry Potter, is interested in how the Harry Potter universe has also portrayed books and literature from the past.

“What interests me about Harry Potter is why so many of the scenes in the books and movies take place in the library, and in my talk I suggested that wizardry is a heightened form of literacy; meaning that to be a great wizard is to be a great reader of a textbook,” Lerer said.

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