Matthew Lewis, best known for playing Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films, left visitors at the Thackray Medical Museum spellbound over Bank Holiday weekend.


Matthew toured the Museum’s new Magic of Medicine exhibition and was enchanted by the fascinating insights into 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. Hannah Schumann, Director of Business and Enterprise, said “We are delighted that Matthew took time out of his busy schedule to visit the exhibition. Both visitors and staff were thrilled to meet such a huge star from the Harry Potter films”

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.

Both exhibitions run until the end of the year and every week sees a new magical family activity to take part in. Events run every Saturday in term time and Monday – Friday during school holidays and include juggling and street magic, learning magic tricks and creating magical potions.

The Museum’s admission price includes a 12 month ticket, which means everyone can have a magical year out and return as many times as they wish for free.

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