Harry Potter’s World

Bob Booth poses for a “Wanted Wizard” photo taken by Curator Eileen Trott

Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine, a special travelling exhibit, opened at Daly House Museum on November 23 and runs until December 28. The exhibit features information about the scientific culture that J.K. Rowling used as the basis for her series of novels.

“We are very excited to have this special exhibit, created by the U.S. National Library of Medicine,” says curator Eileen Trott. “There are six large banners, all beautifully illustrated and full of information. We’ve added our own Victorian artifacts to round out the display.”

The first banner uses lines from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, “There was a lot more to magic, Harry quickly found out, than waving your wand and saying a few funny words.” Likewise this exhibit explores the creatures, plants, and potions described in the book and compares them to traditional beliefs and practices found in Europe from the Renaissance onward. The subject is amazingly rich.

In addition to viewing the Museum and the special exhibit, for a small fee visitors may have a photo taken as a “Wanted Wizard.” Trott explains, “Photography was invented in the Victorian era and people visited police stations to view mugshots of criminals, displayed as a Rogues’ Gallery.”.

“This is cool,” said one young wizard, who arrived wand in hand.

Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicineis available for a limited time only. Daly House Museum is open from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Tuesday through Saturday.  Call the Daly House for more information at 204-727-1722