NLM and Harry Potter
The National Library of Medicine currently has an exhibition exploring medicine and medical history in the Harry Potter books - Do Mandrakes Really Scream? Magic and Medicine in Harry Potter.
There is more to the Harry Potter series than a child hero or a fantasy adventure —many of the characters, plants, and creatures in Rowling’s stories are based in history, medicine, or magical lore. Death, evil, illness, and injury affect the characters of Harry Potter’s imaginary world. In describing their experiences, Ms. Rowling has drawn on important works of alchemy and herbology. These works and other links to Harry Potter books are examined in this exhibition.