Happy Birthday, Harry!

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July 31 is a special day for children’s librarians everywhere.

It’s Harry Potter’s birthday. (It’s also J.K. Rowling’s birthday, too, but that’s secondary.)

So we planned a blowout, both in children’s and in teens. We had a ball!

Here’s me as Harry. (Minus the clothes, cape, etc., but I do love the pipe-cleaner glasses and the paintbrush wand.)

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Coworker C had a great costume as Fleur Delacour (cape and hat and blue dress underneath). I forgot to ask her for her permission to post a picture of her costume, but she’s posing next to an old book cart as a Hogwarts luggage trolley to use as a “photobooth” with a sign saying “Platform 9 3/4.” A lot of parents – would you believe how many kids came in costume??? – were really excited to have a place to take their kids’ picture.

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Our craft was making owl puppets, and at the end, we gave out Honeydukes bags of candy.

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We even had Wizard’s Chess with the massive chess set.

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It was an incredible program.

The teens had jelly beans, a cake saying “Happy Birthday, Harry!” and Harry Potter “Jeopardy!”, plus, they watched the last Deathly Hallows movie. It was certainly very different from the kids’ party, but – and I have to admit, much to my surprise – it was packed. I didn’t think that teens might be interested in a Harry Potter party, but they were! And so many of them hadn’t seen the last movie, so it was adorable to watch their reactions.

I love my job.

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