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Saturday, August 10 • 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Medicine, Magic and Law: Muggle History and the Potter Universe

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Potions, charms, wands, herbology… familiar ideas to all of us. But, these ideas are not simply flights of fictional fancy – many of them are based in muggle history. The scream of the mandrake was thought dangerous in the Middle Ages. Magistrates in the 17th century used wands to help point out the guilty. Sailors believed that charms would aid their course. Come find out about some of the ways in which the magic of the Potter Universe was adapted from the history of medicine and law.


Nicole Salomone

Nicole is the author of over forty combined works of fan-fiction, historical fiction and academic writings. In addition, she has published Elizabethan Health and Beauty Tricks (2012) and regularly teaches re-enactors about 17th century English medicine. Nicole sits on the Board of... Read More →

Saturday August 10, 2013 1:00pm - 1:50pm UTC