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Monsters in the Stacks: How Harry Potter Came to NLM
Stephen Greenberg, PhD, Head, Rare Books & Early Manuscripts, NLM History of Medicine Division
Join us to learn how staff at the National Library of Medicine became inspired to undertake an exhibition about Harry Potter, drawing on collections of the Library, including works by real historical figures such as the alchemist Nicholas Flamel, who is a key figure in the first Harry Potter novel; the naturalist Conrad Gesner, who wrote about dragons and unicorns; and the mystic and toxicologist Paracelsus, whose potions and prophecies would have made him an excellent addition to the Hogwarts faculty.
As part of a week-long celebration of the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the National Library of Medicine presents two special lectures. The celebration will also include a special display of the 15th, 16th, and 17th century books that influenced the Harry Potter series along with the six-banner traveling exhibition, Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine. Visit this special exhibition in the History of Medicine Reading Room, June 26 – 30, 2017.
Bland, Elizabeth J. Reznick, Jeffrey S. Greenberg, Stephen J.
(CIT): A Look into the Pensieve: Reflections on Harry Potter at Twenty Years Elizabeth Bland, Curator of the Library's exhibition Harry Potter's World and independent writer and illustrator On June 26th, 1997, London-based publisher Bloomsbury released Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the first novel in the Harry Potter series. Twenty years on, the ever-popular series continues to resonate with new readers. To mark the 20th Anniversary of the Harry Potter series, "A Look into the Pensieve" will revisit the Library's exhibition Harry Potter's World: Renaissance, Science, Magic, and Medicine, including links between author Rowling's fictional world and writings featured in the collections of the Library; themes from the series that have continued relevance today; and the works" impact on a now-adult fandom who matured right alongside The Boy Who Lived. As part of a week-long celebration of the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the National Library of Medicine presents two special lectures.