Matthew Lewis, best known for playing Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films, left visitors at the Museum spellbound over Bank Holiday weekend. Matthew toured the Museum’s new Magic of Medicine
exhibition and looked at the links between the history of magic and medicine, and how medical notions and magical potions still complement each other in modern-day practice.
Matthew said "It was great being taken round the Thackray Museum's Magic of Medicine exhibition. It's one of my favourite museums and I was amazed by the children I met and how fascinated they were by the element of magic in medicine and healthcare. Thanks again to everybody at the Museum for organising such an excellent day."
Matthew began his career at the tender age of 5 with several TV roles, but a speculative trip to open auditions in his hometown six years later saw him secure the much-loved role of Neville Longbottom in the most successful film series of all time, Harry Potter. Upon conclusion of the Harry Potter film series, Matthew has been inundated with offers for film, TV and stage.
The Museum’s year-long magic project explores the timeless association between bedpans and broomsticks, helping to dispel fears that the story of medicine is just gory or scary. In addition to the Magic and Medicine
exhibition, the museum is hosting Harry Potter’s World
, a travelling display from the National Library of Medicine in the USA. Visitors will learn how historic medical resources from the history of medicine have been woven into the magic of J.K Rowling’s much loved Harry Potter series.
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. This display, using material from the National Library of Medicine, explores Harry Potter’s world and its roots in Renaissance magic, science and medicine.
More information about the display can be found at the National Library of Medicine’s website www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/harrypottersworld/exhibition.html
Both the Magic of Medicine
exhibition and Harry Potter’s World
run until the end of the year.