NEWS: Harry Potter exhibit

“There was a lot more to magic, as Harry quickly found out, than waving your wand and saying a few funny words.”
—Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J. K. Rowling

The Champlain College Library is happy to announce that the exhibit “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine” will be coming to Miller Information Commons early this Fall, 2010.

This exhibition, made available by the National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health, is a fascinating look at Renaissance science, magic, and medicine, all in the context of J. K. Rowling’s renowned Harry Potter series. The exhibit explores Harry Potter’s world with its roots in Renaissance science, and examines important ethical topics such as the desire for knowledge, the effects of prejudice, and the responsibility that comes with power.

Of course, the Library is planning an exciting series of events and activities to accompany the exhibit! Project Coordinators Marie Kascus and Paula Olsen are planning a creative set of speakers and events, and are working with collaborators from all over campus and beyond to make this an exhibit to remember. The themes and interest level of the exhibit make it a natural tie-in for many subject areas from the Core to the arts to the sciences, so you can expect several intriguing accompaniments to the exhibit itself.

“Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine” will be on display in the main floor Tower room in Miller Information Commons from the end of August into mid-October, 2010 (precise dates to be announced). If you are interested in learning more about the exhibit or using it to further your courses, please contact Marie Kascus ( or x2712) or Paula Olsen ( or x6486).

For a sneak peak at the exhibit, view

See you at the exhibit this Fall!