Harry Potter

Book Hunters in Brief #79: Harry Potter's First Publication Anniversary

A lot of us grew up with Harry Potter--literally. That was part J.K. Rowling's genius; her character's aged in a fairly good facsimile of real time right along with her target audience. Another part of her genius was not just the originality and charm of the world she imagined, but it's completeness. We stepped into the world of Harry Potter and it was both strange and oddly familiar--much like the world we live in--only more full of possibilities, more morally well-defined, more fun.

TEENS: Harry Potter Wands

The wand chooses the wizard--in this case, you can make your own! Stop by the Teen Area on June 9 between 2:00 and 4:00 to create your very own Harry Potter wand.

Harry Potter’s & J.K. Rowling’s Birthday - July 31

Harry PotterIt has been nearly 6 years since the last Harry Potter book was published in the US.  Does that mean that there are millions of American children that haven’t read the Harry Potter books?  I hope not!  The Harry Potter books teach us that love and friendship are more powerful tha

My Journey Beta Testing for Pottermore

On Monday morning @ approximately 9:30 am, I discovered in my personal email something I had been waiting a month for. My Pottermore welcome email.  I excitedly jumped into the experience as one of the first million people invited to be Beta testers and began my journey.

Pictures from Harry Potter party

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 came out last week and the staff dressed up to celebrate.

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The Adults of Harry Potter

It’s to Alan Rickman’s credit that I became a huge fan of Harry Potter. Really. Oh, I’d been mildly curious about the phenomenon of the books about the boy wizard. But it wasn’t until I read that Alan Rickman was going to be in the first movie that I actually picked up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and read it.

What to Read After Harry Potter

You read the Harry Potter series, now what?  Have  you listened to the audio books? 
I can almost garantee that you will adore the narrator, Jim Dale.  According to Libra

And Speaking of Harry Potter...

And speaking of the Harry Potter books, what's up with Hermione?

Two things bothered me about Hermione while reading the books. Firstly, what's up with that name? Every time I read it, I had to pause to attempt to remember the pronunciation. In fact, I didn't quite get it until about Book 6, despite my co-workers' pronunciation reminders. I'm sure the author, J.K. Rowling, probably included a pronunciation explanation early in the series, but it somehow didn't sink in. Finally, later in the series, Ron develops a habit of saying "Er-my-nee," which greatly sped my reading.

Am I Official Yet?

OK. I admit it. Until recently, I had not read any of the Harry Potter books. In fact, I had only seen the first movie (on TV, after falling asleep in the middle of the movie on my first couple of attempts to watch it). I still haven't seen any of the other movies, but now I can report I have read all seven of the books.

You see, shortly after I began working as a Children's Assistant here at Parker Williams, my associates in children's services expressed shock that I had not read the Harry Potter books. After admitting this serious deficit in my training, I embarked on a mission to read the novels. Did I mention there are seven of them? And they are big?

It was fun. The books are well written, the characters are intriguing and the plot is fast-paced enough it was hard to put the books down. I would recommend them to anyone young or old who enjoys fantasy or science fiction. Now where's my gold star?

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