The Delaware County District Library is hoping to make this October a little more magical with Harry Potter Day on Friday, Oct. 14. The celebration takes place at the Powell Branch Library from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
The branch will be transformed into the wizarding world, with stops at Platform 9 ¾, the Great Hall and the Three Broomsticks. This open house program is open to Harry Potter fans of all ages.
Excitement is building once again for the Harry Potter world after the July 31 release of The Cursed Child script and the forthcoming film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, both based in J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world.
“With the movie coming out in November, I thought this would be a good time to have a party that celebrates the multigenerational appeal of Harry Potter, ” said Children’s Librarian Jenny Heslop. “At the library, I see myself in the parents that grew up alongside Harry and also I see my child-self in the kids just beginning the series. That’s magical in its own way.”
Throughout the day there will be crafts, snacks and photo opportunities. Not only are costumes encouraged for this program, but at 2 p.m. a costume contest will begin. Costume contest winners could walk away with Funko Pop figures of the Golden Trio, a trivia game or a replica set of Quidditch balls. Later in the afternoon separate trivia contests will take place for kids and adults. Winners of the trivia competitions will also take home a Harry Potter prize pack.
“The Harry Potter series remains relevant to fans of all ages because it deals with very real issues, but in a fun fantasy world,” said Heslop. “Themes like friendship, love, empathy and courage are timeless and will always leave readers craving more.”
All library programs are free and open to the public.
Information provided by The Delaware County District Library.