Pottermania: Why Moderns are Fascinated with Witchcraft and Magic
Jan 29, 2015
from 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM
|Where||West Laville Library|
|Contact Name||Granger Babcock|
Ogden Honors College students
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J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series was a publishing phenomenon, and is the best-selling book series in history. Its popularity, however, was only the beginning of a growing widespread fascination with witchcraft and magic in contemporary Western culture. (For example, according to census data, the number of self-identified Wiccans in the US has increased from 8,000 in 1990 to 342,000 in 2008.) LSU Professor of History Dr. Leslie Tuttle will explore the motivations behind our thriving taste for magic in an increasingly technological and (supposedly) secular world. Refreshments will be provided.