Dr. Amy Billone will present “Harry Potter and the Nineteenth-Century Dream Child” from 5:00 to 6:00pm, this Wednesday, 4/20, in the conference room of the Health Information Center-Preston Medical Library at the UT Medical Center. Dr. Billone will speak in conjunction with the Knoxville stop of a traveling exhibition, Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine, that explores the link between Harry Potter and the history of science using materials from the National Library of Medicine. In 1997, British author J. K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter and a literary phenomenon was born. Although the story is a fantasy, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science and medicine. Incorporating the work of several fifteenth- and sixteenth-century thinkers, the exhibit examines important ethical topics such as the desire for knowledge, the effects of prejudice, and the responsibility that comes with power.
Billone’s areas of expertise are nineteenth-century literature and children’s and young adult literature. An accomplished poet, she also has a background in creative writing.
Dr. Billone’s The Future of the Nineteenth-Century Dream-Child: Fantasy, Dystopia, Cyberculture will be published with Routledge’s Children’s Literature and Culture Series in July 2016. The Harry Potter exhibition can be viewed until May 21 at the Preston Medical Center. All events are free and open to the public. Complimentary parking is available. For more information about the exhibition, please visit their website at https://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/harrypottersworld/index.html.