LACONIA — The Laconia Public Library will host the grand opening of "Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine," on Tuesday, June 7, at 7 p.m., on the upper level of the library. The first 50 people will receive free giveaways, and everyone will be entered in a raffle to win a complete Harry Potter boxed set.
In 1997, British author J. K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter and a literary phenomenon was born. Millions of readers have followed Harry to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he discovers his heritage, encounters new plants and animals, and perfects his magical abilities. 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 examines important ethical topics such as the desire for knowledge, the effects of prejudice, and the responsibility that comes with power. Using materials from the National Library of Medicine, the exhibition explores Harry Potter's world, its roots in Renaissance science, and the ethical questions that affected not only the wizards of Harry Potter, but also the featured historical thinkers.
In honor of Harry Potter's World grand opening, many Laconia downtown businesses will celebrate with the library on Tuesday. The Local Eatery will be serving Harry Potter-inspired food and drink on Tuesday evening, Wayfarer Coffee Roaster will have a Harry Potter drink special all day, the Laconia Village Bakery will have Harry Potter-themed treats, and Sunflower Natural Foods will have a magical display of herbs, candles, and more necessary items for the budding witch or wizard.
Harry Potter festivities will continue at the library with a Harry Potter Crafternoon for teens on Thursday, June 9, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Adults can join in for a Harry Potter Craft Night on Monday, June 27, at 6 p.m. Make Flying Keys, Felix Felicis, and even Mandrakes! Please be sure to preregister for the adult program by calling the library at 524-4775 ext. 12.
The Laconia Public Library is the first public library in New Hampshire to host this traveling exhibit made possible by the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Harry Potter's World will be on display through Friday, July 15.