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Hi Kidsreaders,

Happy July! I hope you are enjoying your summer vacation! My summer has been pretty good so far --- I visited Cape Cod, went canoeing on the Sudbury River on Fourth of July weekend and have gotten to experience the wonder that is free outdoor movies in New York City way more often than I should. And while it's not stereotypically "summery," I spent part of my last weekend doing something equally awesome --- rereading one of my favorite books, HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE by J.K. Rowling.

If you’re very familiar with the series like I am (having read the fourth book about 20 times, thank-you-very-much), all of the magic becomes almost…well…normal. That’s not to mean it isn’t cool --- I wish more than anything that I could fly a broom and catch the tiny golden snitch, or wear an invisibility cloak and sneak around the city. I just mean that having relished in the wizarding world for more than a decade, I started to take it for granted…of course mail would get delivered by owls. Obviously people snack on jumping chocolate frogs, and why wouldn’t goblins run the local bank?