First… why Harry Potter?
There is no doubt that the stories of the boy who lived have impacted the lives of a considerable amount of people. The Harry Potter novels, and consequently the films, teach us about several topics that transcend time.
I have created this website as part of my final project for a class called “The World of Harry Potter: Magic, the United Kingdom and Social Justice” at Western Illinois University (Spring 2016). While taking this class, I was asked to write a paper on how reading Harry Potter impacted my life. It took me a while to come up with an answer, probably because most people my age grew up with Harry, while I refused to read the novels and watch the movies for a long time. I had my reasons to avoid Harry Potter but the truth is that how could I judge something that I hadn’t really experienced, something that I didn’t know? A few years back I watched all of the movies and needless to say, I loved Harry Potter. Not only the stories in the novels teach about not judging a book by it’s cover but my whole experience with Harry Potter had actually taught me exactly that.
How does this link to herbology and healing?
Besides loving Harry Potter and reading, I also love biology and specially biotechnology (being able to use biological processes and products and generating applications for human and environmental benefits).
Although magic is not something we can use in the Muggle world, it is important to understand the healing properties that plants (and even fungi) have that can be used to treat medical conditions directly or through potions.
This website is intended to provide information about plants and fungi in the Harry Potter books and movies with relationship to human health.
As part of the class, different locations across the United Kingdom where visited. Pictures of these places can be found here.
Several places where also visited to provide information on the project, including:
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburg
Kew Royal Botanical Gardens
Kensington Palace Gardens
St. James’s Park