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Harry Potter: Plants, People, & Potions: Overview

This libguide is in conjunction with the National Library of Medicine's traveling exhibit, Harry Potter's World, hosted at UCSD 5/6-6/16/12

Are you ready for a challenge?

Each of the following pages has a themed quiz, testing your Harry Potter knowledge.  Some require knowledge of the real scientists and others are for the Potter faithful.  Read through the exhibit or jump right in.

About this exhibit

Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy. Incorporating the work of several 15th- and 16th-century thinkers.

This exhibit is in conjunction with and based on the National Library of Medicine's traveling exhibit Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine and complements the one in the Biomedical Library's breezeway.  It explores Harry Potter's world and how it touches the muggle world of early Renaissance scientists, scholars, chemists (or alchemists) and nature.  Stop by to Biomedical Library's breezeway to see the display. Look for the quizzes sprinkled throughout this online display.  Some knowledge of the stories may be needed.

Dr. Henry C. Powell will present “From beliefs and spells to the scientific method: A long slow journey for the art of Medicine,” at the UC San Diego Biomedical Library, May 17, 2012.  Check out the suggested bibliography to read up on the topic.

As you go through either the physical exhibit or this online version, please feel free to leave us a comment.

See UC San Diego Library's Harry Potter's World: Rennaisance Science, Magic & Medicine online guide for details about the 4 planned talks.

Biomedical Library Breezeway Display