Harry Potter’s World at CALS

harry potter's world

Readers of all ages have been fascinated with Harry Potter’s education at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since J.K. Rowling’s first novel was released in 1997. The Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) Main Library will host Harry Potter’s World, a traveling exhibit using materials from the National Library of Medicine, at the Main Library, 100 Rock Street through August 11.

The potions, plants, and animals in Harry’s world were inspired by Renaissance traditions. Information discovered through alchemy, astrology, natural philosophy, and medicine formed the basis of the development and current practice of Western science. The exhibit will also examine the links between historical and fictional characters in the Harry Potter series.

The Main Library has planned programs, movie showings, and activities for readers of all ages in addition to the exhibit, and Harry Potter literature will be displayed at each branch. For additional online activities, resources for educators, and more information about the exhibition, visit the National Library of Medicine’s website.

Bookends Café, the library’s literary café in the Cox Creative Center, 120 River Market Avenue, will offer special Harry Potter items while the exhibit is at the library, including Quidditch Player’s Pie, Bertie Botts Every Flavor Smoothie, Butterscotch “Butterbeer” Latte, and Cauldren Cakes.

Several special events have been planned in conjunction.  Below is a list of some of them.

  • Thursday, July 12, 10:30 a.m.: Little Rock Zoo “Animals of Harry Potter”
  • Monday, July 16, 2:00 p.m.: Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban (PG)
  • Thursday, July 19, 10:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.: Harry Potter Party
  • Saturday, July 21, 10:30 a.m.: Little Rock Zoo “Animals of Harry Potter”

Harry Potter’s World is presented by the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, and is curated by Elizabeth J. Bland.