Celebrating the science behind our favourite books at Royal Holloway, from Harry Potter to HG Wells

Owl Wise

Owl Wise - Credit: Archant

The week-long Science Festival at Royal Holloway, University of London came to a close with Super Science Saturday on Saturday March 1.

The Railway Children

The Railway Children - Credit: Archant

Throughout the week, a host of interactive science-themed events were put on for local schools to participate in, while the flagship event opened to the wider public.

Harry Potter

Harry Potter - Credit: Archant

This year’s theme was Storytime Science, exploring science found in popular stories – from children’s fairy tales to classic novels and films.

Events include a Harry Potter themed live owl display with experts answering questions on the marvellous birds, as well as miniature steam engine demonstrations based on The Railway Children.

Royal Holloway’s Science Departments demonstrated their world-changing research, from intelligent robots to superhero skills and the Real Ice Age, joined by guest presenters from the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum.

The annual festival, which aims to inspire all ages with the wonders of science, also included a talk by the Department of Psychology on laughter and how we respond to it, a Science Festival Dinner exploring food from around the world for teachers, and a stage dialogue between past and future, taking a unique look at time travel from HG Wells in the 19th century to Dr Who in the 21st century.

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