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The Harry Potter Books Are Celebrating Two Decades

Harry Potter Week decorations. (C) 2017 Epiphany Catling

Harry Potter's 20th Birthday

By Epiphany Catling SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News)– J.K. Rowling’s novel Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone turned 20 this year.  To Celebrate, the Onondaga Free Library is hosting a “Harry Potter Week.”

With the help of teen volunteers, library Assistant Director Alyssa Newton, created events so people in the community could celebrate.

“I noticed that the books are still very popular in our collection with all the movies and spin offs coming out,” Newton said.

In the books, Harry’s birthday is on July 31st, which is why Newton picked this week.  Some of the activities include baking a cake for Harry’s birthday, and signing his birthday card.  Earlier this week there was a Family Fun Night.

“All of my teen volunteers came up with different activity stations,” Newton said.

According to Newton, there were over 50 people that showed up and stayed until closing time. One of the activities was a spell class where the kids were given wands and taught the spells from the Harry Potter novels.

“Some families that come to Harry Potter Night have never read Harry Potter before and have just seen the movies so they were talking to each other about why the books were better and that was neat to see,” she said.

The attendees also had Harry Potter themed food and drinks.

Newton said this is a great way to get kids involved in reading. It is free to attend all of the remaining Harry Potter Week Events.

A list of the remaining Harry Potter Week Events can be found on the library’s website.