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July 15, 2014

Fun Facts About JK Rowling

Posted by Shara
Sure there are all sorts of fun facts about Harry Potter and the wizarding world, but did you know that there's plenty of cool trivia about JK Rowling, the author of Harry Potter, too? See below for some of the most interesting tidbits we could find.
Jonathan Auxier, the author of THE NIGHT GARDENER, knows a thing or two about what makes a good book: "dazzling humor, inventive wordplay, airtight plotting, wonderful characters" --- but he also knows there's something even more important: giving voice to universally held feelings. Read below to see what universal feeling he thinks Harry Potter captures --- and why it makes the series a true classic.    
July 13, 2014

Harry Potter Quiz Roundup

Posted by Shara
Ever wonder what house you belong in? Want to know which character is most like you? Find out by taking some Harry Potter quizzes!    
Last week we shared a delightful recipe for treacle tart, one of Harry’s favorite desserts. This week we invite you to try butterbeer, a staple at the Hogsmeade cafe The Three Broomsticks. It’s perfect for both a hot summer day, or even when curled up this winter with one of the seven Harry Potter books. You could find the recipe here.  
We’ve already introduced  you to a few key places in the Harry Potter world, but here are some more that you wouldn’t want to miss.  
Everyone knows that Tom Angelberger is a big Star Wars fan --- he did write the beloved Origami Yoda series, afterall. But did you know that the author has a place in his heart for Harry Potter, too? Read Angelberger's post to see all of the things that the series made him wish he had, and what candy he'd choose over any created in Willy Wonka's factory.
My favorite Harry Potter memory was going to the final midnight release party with my best friend. We waited all night to get our hands on that book; we played games, drank potions, had a costume fashion show, stood in a very long line until finally, FINALLY, we got to the front of the line. By then we were so excited (and hyped up on Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans) that the second those books got into our hands, we knew we would tear open the first page and start a marathon reading session.  
July 8, 2014

Quidditch Central

Posted by Shara
Sure, we have soccer and baseball, but nothing compares to the primary sport in the wizarding world --- Quidditch, which involves flying on broomsticks, shooting balls through hoops, avoiding getting knocked to the ground by two balls made of iron and catching the tiny, golden snitch.      
The Harry Potter series changed my life. In terms of reading, I had never really devoted myself to a series or ever felt invested in a series enough to follow it closely. But Harry Potter changed all of that. I didn't start the series until the first six books were out, but once I had started the first book, there was no stopping me.
Jennifer Rummel, a young adult librarian in Connecticut, loves all things Harry Potter. Read her letter to The Boy Who Lived here (originally posted on her personal blog,, where she talks about reading the books, going to the movies and eventually hosting her own Harry Potter release parties as a librarian.