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The Science of Harry Potter

Go behind the magic of Harry Potter with author Roger Highfield as he illuminates the fascinating links between magic and science

About this event

Go behind the magic of Harry Potter as author Roger Highfield takes a witty and illuminating look at the scientific principles, theories and assumptions of the boy wizard’s world.

Can Fluffy the three-headed dog be explained by advances in molecular biology? Could the discovery of cosmic ‘gravity-shielding effects’ unlock the secret to the Nimbus 2000 broomstick’s ability to fly? Is the griffin really none other than the dinosaur Protoceratops?

Roger, author of The Science of Harry Potter: How Magic Really Works, explores the fascinating links between magic and science to reveal that much of what strikes them as supremely strange in the Potter books can actually be explained by the conjurings of the scientific mind.

This is the perfect event for parents who want to teach their children science through their favourite adventures, as well as for adult fans of the series intrigued by its marvels and mysteries.

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This event is hosted live on Zoom Webinar. You’ll receive further instructions and a link to join a couple of days before the event takes place and a reminder an hour before. During the event, you can ask questions via a Q&A function but audience cameras and microphones will remain muted throughout.

Answers to frequently asked questions, plus tips on making the most of your Festival experience can be found on the Festival website.

Please note that our online talks provide automated captioning that may not be 100% accurate and may vary in quality.

Please ensure you use the correct email address as this is where your ticket will be sent. If you do not provide the correct address, you will not receive the acknowledgement email or ticket.

Upcoming Dates

No future dates are known at this time.

Past Dates

  • Tuesday, June 15, 2021