The Hi-Tech, Lo-Tech World of Harry Potter, North Myrtle Beach Museum, April 26


Date: April 26, 2014North Myrtle Beach Museum

Time: 7:00 pm

North Myrtle Beach is hosting the International Quidditch World Cup in April. With all the buzz about Harry Potter and the fast-paced sport envisioned by author J.K. Rowling, the Museum wants to bring a different perspective to the community.

Furman University professor Margaret Oakes will draw parallels between our world and J.K. Rowling’s fictional universe. Humans and wizards share some technological achievements–the wheel, optics, and basic engineering principles–but wizards have the added ability to control their world through magic. Their powers over natural forces outstrip ours in many areas, yet they have chosen to retain the old ways, which require time and effort, and which inflict a fair degree of discomfort or ineffectiveness. Why do they prefer this combination of the antiquated and the advanced? Margaret’s talk focuses on a fictional universe that is both believable and fanciful, and she helps us reflect on the “magic” of our own technology.

The Hi-Tech, Lo-Tech World of Harry Potter is sponsored by The Humanities Council SC, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities; inspiring, engaging and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture and heritage.

North Myrtle Beach Museum 
799 2nd Avenue North
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582


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