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    In honor of our Harry Potter Middle Movies Marathon tomorrow (see our movie page for more info!) I've assembled a list of the 10 best secrets that JK Rowling has let slip since the end of the Harry Potter series.

    1. She has a detailed plan of what happened to most of the characters after the last book.

    Most people already know a lot of these character details, but it's fascinating to know that Rowling has mapped out the futures for many of her characters, she even knows the name of every child born in the Weasley clan for 20 years after Lord Voldemort is defeated.

    "Harry and Ron utterly revolutionized the Auror Department," Rowling said, with Harry becoming the department head. J.K. also said she could see Harry making an appearance every now and again to give the "odd talk" on Defense Against the Dark Arts. Hermione is "pretty high up" in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, and Ginny was a professional Quidditch player until she had three children, and afterword wrote for the Daily Prophet.

    Source: Beyondhogwarts.com

    2. Being on a chocolate frog card is Ron's personal "Finest Hour."

    In fact, Harry, Ron and Hermione all wound up with their own chocolate frog cards. Harry's card says that he is "the first and only known wizard to survive the Killing Curse, most famous for the defeat of the most dangerous dark wizard of all time, Lord Voldemort."

    Ron's card gives him credit for "destroying the Horcruxes and subsequent defeat of Voldemort and revolutionizing the Ministry of Magic."  Rowling says that being on a chocolate frog card is Ron's "finest hour." On hers, Hermione gets credit for being "the brightest witch of her age" and that she "eradicated pro-pureblood laws" and campaigned for "the rights of non human beings such as house-elves."

    Source: Clipd.com

    3. Harry and Lord Voldemort are family.

    The wizarding world is a small one, and Harry and Voldemort are linked through the three brothers who possessed the hallows.  Harry's father, James, is a direct descendant of Ignotus Peverell, who passed the Invisibility Cloak down through his family.  Voldemort's mother, Merope Gaunt, is a descendant of Cadmus Peverell, who possessed the Resurrection Stone.  Although it's possible to infer this from the seventh Harry Potter book, Rowling confirmed that the pair are "distantly related" through the Peverells, saying: "nearly all wizarding families are related if you trace them back through the centuries."

    Source: telegraph.co.uk and harrypotter.wikia.com

    4. We've all been pronouncing 'Voldemort' wrong.

    Rowling admitted in September, 2015 that she always intended the 't' of Voldemort to be silent - and that she was pretty sure she was the only person who pronounced it as such.

    Source: telegraph.co.uk

    5. Ron left his job as an Auror to co-manage Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes.

    Ron joined his brother, George, as a partner at their successful joke shop, Weasley's Wizard Wheezes. George's first child (named Fred... cue heartbreak), grows up to have a very successful career, helped by Ron.

    Source: beyondhogwarts.com

    6. When Draco met Harry Potter, he thought Harry could be the next Dark Lord, which is why he tried to befriend him.

    “Draco was raised in an atmosphere of regret that the Dark Lord had not succeeded in taking command of the wizarding community,” Rowling wrote, revealing that before meeting Harry on the Hogwarts Express, Draco, his family and other ex-Death Eaters thought Harry could be “another, and better, Voldemort.”

    Source: time.com

    7. There's a list of "sacred 28" pureblood families.

    An anonymous male created a list called the “Sacred Twenty Eight,” a definitive list of Purebloods, and the Potters are not on it. In the early 1900s, Henry Potter publicly condemned the Minister for Magic, who didn’t want the magical community to help Muggles in World War I. This was “a strong contributing factor in the family’s exclusion” from the list. The Weasleys deplore their status as one of the twenty-eight, for which many other family clans call them "blood traitors."

    Source: time.com

    8. There's a spell that will let you see through an invisibility cloak, and Dumbledore used it on Harry.

    Ever suspect that Dumbledore knew Harry was at some of his most secret meetings? That's because he did. Rowling said he could silently use the incantation "homenum revelio" to see him.  Dumbledore uses the spell to see Harry and Ron under the Invisibility Cloak in Hagrid's hut in Book 2.  Hermione later uses this spell in Book 7 when they arrive at 12 Grimmauld Place, and it's used again by Death Eaters when looking for Harry at Xenophilius Lovegood's house.

    Souce: scifi.stackexchange.com

    8. There are 11 wizarding schools... that we know about.

    Rowling has revealed so far that there are 11 schools registered with the International Confederation of Wizards.  The largest of these is in Africa, called Uagadou.  There are also schools in Japan, Brazil, France, North America, Russia, and a few other undisclosed locations.

    Source: ew.com

    9. Hagrid and Dumbledore are two halves of a father figure for Harry.  

    “The colours red and white are mentioned many times in old texts on alchemy,” Rowling writes, explaining that some say these colors symbolize base metal and gold, representing “two different sides of human nature.” These colors inspired the names of two relevant characters in the Potter universe: “Rubeus (red) Hagrid and Albus (white) Dumbledore…both hugely important to Harry,” Rowling writes. “Seem to me to represent two sides of the ideal father figure he seeks; the former is warm, practical and wild, the latter impressive, intellectual, and somewhat detached.”

    Source: time.com

    10. Hogwarts tuition would cost you $43,000... if it wasn't free.

    When a Mic journalist estimated it would cost more than $43,000 to attend Hogwarts, including the cost of wands, robes and cauldrons, Rowling shut down the rumor, explaining that there is no tuition as the Ministry of Magic covers the cost of all magical education.

    Source: time.com

    I hope this whets your appetite for a Harry Potter fest tomorrow!  Come to the ballroom for all three films or just stop by for your favorite.  Feel free to bring some blankets to spread out on or use our chairs.  We'll have crafts and activities to do while you watch the films, and there may be a few prizes to win as well!

  • Hopefully as you read this you're getting ready to head to our Harry Potter Movie Marathon! We're celebrating Harry Potter this week, and as you'll see, we found out that he's a pretty big part of our collection. 

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    (because I hope you're wondering: the 400s (language and dictionaries) are the only Dewey Decimal category without a book that references Harry Potter in at least a chapter title; looks like you'd better get started on that Parseltounge dictionary). 

  • As librarians, we're pretty committed to the idea that the right book at the right time can change your life. So, every time we read Harry Potter, we can't help but think that things might have gone differently for Professor Snape if maybe he'd just read the right books. 

    Here are five suggestions that may have changed the course of our favorite villian-not-villian, Severus Snape. 

    by Dale Carnegie

    As you read the Harry Potter books, it's really clear that Snape could use some good friends. One of America's best-selling self-help books could surely help him learn how to be friendlier (we're sure these techniques work on muggles, though we've never tested them on wizards).  


    by Steve Smallman

    Sometimes the lessons we teach our kids are the most helpful; in this picture book, many princes try to climb Rapunzel's hair, only to find that it's too slippery. Luckily, a hairdresser comes to her rescue and teaches her proper hair hygiene. If Rapunzel can get rid of greasy hair, we're confident Snape can too. 


    by Gaston Leroux

    Perhaps Snape should have spent some time with this classic tale of unrequited love; he may have behaved differently. It doesn't end well for the Phantom either. 


    by Martin Yate

    Maybe if Snape had turned in a better cover letter to Dumbledore he would have locked down that Defense Against the Dark Arts position years ago! 


    by Daid Zyla

    The subtitle of this book reads: "a fashion expert helps you find colors that attract love, enhance your power, restore your energy, make a lasting impression, and show the world who you really are." Snape, throw off the black, and show your true colors! 


    While writing this post, we couldn't help but be a little sad thinking about Alan Rickman's recent passing; come and see his masterful performance as Snape (could they have picked a better actor?!?) tomorrow at our Harry Potter Movie Marathon. We'll start screening the first film at 9:30 AM. 

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    HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE came out in June 20 years ago. It is crazy to think how much time has passed since then. This post is a little late to be a 20th year anniversary post, but in light of our Harry Potter Escape Room I wanted to write a little something to showcase this wonderful series.

    If we rewind to my second grade year, I hated to read. I have a vivid memory of sitting at my desk in the mobile classroom, staring at a copy of THE BOXCAR CHILDREN, absolutely hating it, and wondering what they were talking about. Around that time, my teacher started reading HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS to the class. I must have mentioned something to my mother and she ended up getting a copy of the first book and reading it to us at night as we went to sleep. I remember being frustrated that she only read a chapter or so at a time, and it was even worse if I fell asleep during the reading of the story. I would take the book and then read until I caught back up. Then I was impatient to find out how the story ended, so I took the book and finished it; my mother was not thrilled.

    This started sort of a tradition with my mother and I as we stole the books back and forth from each other as we read these fun stories. As I had to wait the agonizing amount of time for the next books to be published, I started to pick up other books and find other incredible authors. I even grew to love the Boxcar series, and read many of them.

    In addition to the book's fun plots, I love the quotes of wisdom passed down from Professor Dumbledore, including:

    • "It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that."  ~ HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE 

    • "As much money and life as you could want!  The two things most human beings would choose above all - the trouble is, humans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things that are worst for them."  ~ HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE
    •  “It's a strange thing, but when you are dreading something, and would give anything to slow down time, it has a disobliging habit of speeding up.”  ~ HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE (Now that I have started grad school, this quote seems even more pertinent than usual)

    I will always be grateful for the grand introduction that the Harry Potter series gave me to the world of reading. In addition, it has impacted my desire to help other people find the book or series that will unlock that door for them. Talking books is one of my favorite things, and I am grateful for the opportunity that my job provides to do just that.

    Back to the Escape Room. If you did not get a time slot, don't despair. We are planning to make this an ongoing program, hopefully an on-demand one that you can schedule at any time. Keep your eyes peeled for new information!

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    Book-lovers everywhere know the satisfaction of finishing a great read, and there’s an extra-special feeling that comes from completing a favorite story for the umpteenth time. In our house, the plot and characters of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series are well-known and cherished, and our copies are dog-eared and well-loved. I hope we never get too old for the magic of Hogwarts.

    In my fledgling career as a librarian, several people have asked me to recommend “something like Harry Potter” for them to read after finishing the series. With all the books in our beautiful library, it should be easy to find something that fits the bill, right?

    Well, that’s trickier than it seems.

    For starters, there’s no doubt that Harry Potter has deeply influenced our culture. Consider the following questions:

    • What house are you in?

    • What’s your Patronus?

    • Would you ever use Imperio or Crucio or Avada Kedavra?

    The fact that these questions even make sense is a testament to the impact of Harry Potter has had.But what makes Harry Potter so great? It stands out among fantasy for a number of reasons. The magic of Harry Potter extends beyond the pages into a vast and vibrant community which continues to flourish: think of the theme parks, merchandise, fan-fiction sites, screenplay sequel, and soon-to-be dozen feature films – and this is more than a decade and a half after the publication of the last book in 2007.

    Harry Potter is very relatable and accessible to readers of virtually all ages, from grade school to adult. Everyone who has read the series was convinced that they could be a witch or wizard themselves, with magic lying dormant in their veins: I know I was. And we’ve all met real-life versions of: Draco, the arrogant bully Hermione, the book-smart know-it-all Luna, the eccentric weirdo Lupin, the cool teacher and valuable mentor Fred and George, the set of joking pranksters Moaning Myrtle, the specter that haunts the local bathroom (…okay, maybe not that last one.)It's a tall order for any series to reach the same caliber as Harry Potter. But I think it’s healthy to branch out a little bit and take a chance on some rising stars that haven’t hit the same heights as Harry Potter – at least not yet.Below are some suggestions for Harry Potter read-alikes (librarian slang for books with similar elements). I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. 

    7.15 The Iron TrialTHE IRON TRIAL 
    By Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
    1st book of 5 in the Magisterium series

    12-year-old Callum Hunt's father attempts to keep him from the Magisterium, a school where young mages are trained. Despite his best attempts to fail the entrance exam, Cal's inherent magical ability gets him accepted, and he begins the first of five years of his training.Whereas Harry Potter goes to school in the UK, Cal lives and studies in the US. But both series include a trio of students who learn to develop their magical talents and face dangers from all sides. I found Magisterium to be faster paced and more modern than Harry Potter. It hits the spot for a coming-of-age story with fantasy elements and unexpected twists. 


    7.15 Sandrys BookSANDRY’S BOOK 
    By Tamora Pierce
    1st book of 4 in the Circle of Magic series

    During a medieval and Renaissance era in a fictional land, four young misfits enter a strict temple community and become magicians-in-training, each in a different form of magic. Together, the newfound friends learn to harness their hitherto unexplored inherent magical abilities.Circle of Magic delves deeper into interactions and combinations of different forms of magic than we ever saw in Harry Potter. The books are also considerably shorter than Harry Potter, which makes for easier reading. But if the story ends too quickly for your liking, fret not; Circle of Magic is followed by a sequel quartet, The Circle Opens (with the original cast as fully qualified teen mages) as well as a stand-alone novel The Will of the Empress (which takes place several years after that). 


    7.15 Midnight for Charlie BoneMIDNIGHT FOR CHARLIE BONE
    By Jenny Nimmo
    1st book of 8 in the Children of the Red King series

    Charlie Bone is an ordinary boy who lives with his widowed mother and two grandmothers. But when Charlie realizes he can hear people in photographs talking, he is swept into an ages-old magical battle against the descendants of the ancient and powerful Red King.It’s easy to see why Children of the Red King made it onto this list. It features a school for young magicians in the UK (Bloor’s Academy for Gifted Children), which reminds us a great deal of Hogwarts. And despite significant plot differences, these two fast-paced stories both center on a magical war between good and evil. Especially recommended for younger Potterheads. 


    1st book of 7 by J.K. Rowling

    Oscar Wilde said it best: “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”

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