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Aug 20, 2012 6:50 PM by Victor L. Villa

UA exhibit explores historical roots of Harry Potter's World

TUCSON - Attention local wizards, witches, and muggles - the Harry Potter's World - Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine Traveling Exhibit has arrived in Tucson!

The Harry Potter stories have been an inspiring literacy phenomenon, and the roots of the story are actually based in Renaissance beliefs, practices and studies. The U.S. National Library of Medicine has conjured up a fun and educational multimedia exhibit exploring the roots of Harry Potter's world of wizardry in Western sciences.

The exhibit will be at the Arizona Health Sciences Library in the Java City coffee bar area, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. It features a "Hogwart's Potions Laboratory," including pharmaceutical materials loaned by the History of Pharmacy Museum, a collection of wands, historical illustrations of monsters and magical beasts, and more.

The exhibit is free to the public and will be in Tucson until the September 10, 2012. The exhibit is open on Sundays through Thursdays from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Fridays to Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. according to the exhibit's website.

For additional information, visit the College of Medicine site here, and the U.S. National Library of Medicine site here.

Pictured: An illustration of distillation equipment Ambroise Paré, Les Oeuures d'Ambroise Paré, 1585, featured in the "Harry Potter's World" exhibit on display in Tucson. Courtesy U.S. National Library of Medicine.

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