Because Hogwarts doesn’t accept FAFSA or tribal scholarships, most Oklahomans never make it to the acclaimed school of witchcraft and wizardry. Couple this with the fear mongering religious right’s belief that a fictional boy conquering evil is somehow un-Christian, and it’s easy to understand the lack of witchcraft and wizardry information available in our state. It’s a shame though, because where is a resident of Oklahoma City to get all the necessary information regarding potions, herbology, divination, transfiguration and charms?
How about our magical neighbors to the north, Tulsa?
According to News9.com:
TULSA, Oklahoma -Tulsa will host the roots of Harry Potter’s magical world beginning Monday, January 13 through February 22. The Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences Medical Library is the site of “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine,” a traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine.
The exhibit highlights aspects of the popular series by author J.K. Rowling and compares them to the history of science and medicine, according to OSU-CHS librarian Melissa Kash-Holley.
The potions, monsters, herbology, magical creatures readers love at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry are partially based on Renaissance traditions including alchemy, astrology and natural philosophy studied by 15th- and 16th century thinkers like Nicolas Flamel, Konrad Gesner and Paracelsus. Their ideas are featured in the display.
The OSU Center for Health Sciences Medical Library is located at 1111 W 17th Street in Tulsa.
Well, there you have it, nerds. An owl may have never showed up at your door with your Hogwarts acceptance letter, but at least now you can learn some wizard science. Attending this exhibit is probably the witchy equivalent of attending a night course at a votech where all the Hogwarts dropouts go to learn cosmetology or broom maintenance. And if you do attend this exhibit, try not to wonder why a society of people who can basically teleport via apparition or override the laws of nature still uses quills and medieval sciences that existed alongside the practice of bloodletting with leeches. It will totally kill the magic.
If you plan on going, I suppose you need to make your way to Platform 9 and ¾, which in this case is probably at the McDonald’s on the turnpike halfway between here and Tulsa. You probably can’t get an elder wand with a dragon heartstring in the core, but I’m willing to bet that cottonwood with a catfish whisker inside works just as well. And maybe you don’t have a school robe, but the OKC public schools mandatory uniform will have to do. There’s nothing more magical than a polo and khakis. And the OSU Center for Health Sciences Medical Library doesn’t allow any beer drinking inside. It doesn’t matter if you tell them it’s just butterbeer. They’ll still kick you out.
In all seriousness, this is pretty cool. I’m all for making learning fun, especially when it comes to science. But that drive is like a cruciatus curse. If I could apparate to Tulsa, I totally would.
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