I grew up with Harry Potter. I was enduring adolescence with the reassurance that at least there would always be a Harry Potter book (or movie) to look forward to. When Harry Potter was going through his adolescent angst, I was right there with him. I cant say I really understood what it was like defeating a Dark Lord, but Id like to think SATs and college applications were equally draining. And then it was over. Im sure everyone remembers–or knows someone–who went through the post-Potter depression that occurred after the last book.
But my generation isnt the only one who grew up with Harry Potter. I see young kids picking up the first book for the first time, older couples grabbing the audiobook for a road trip– people are still growing up with the Boy Who Lived, and its as popular as ever.
Some fans are annoyed that JK Rowling is still writing about Harry Potter and didnt like the Cursed Child script that came out last summer. These fans want the series to be crystallized in memory as being just the seven books. But I embrace it. How could I not be thrilled to be once again immersed in the Harry Potter universe? I know it will never be like the original seven books, but I look forward to the new movies and the spin-offs.
To celebrate the film release of Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them, based on JK Rowlings book of the same title, CCPL is hosting events in November! On Wednesday, November 16th, the Elkton Central Library is hosting two off-site events. Dr. Bernard McKenna, a University of Delaware professor, will give a talk on Spellcasting in Harry Potter at 6 pm. After the talk, there will be a Harry Potter Trivia game. Both events will take place at Minihanes in downtown Elkton.
For the teen crowd, come to Potter-Con! Make a wand, play quidditch, have some butterbeer. Costumes are definitely encouraged. Potter-Con will take place at Elkton Central Library on Nov. 17th, 4-6pm, and at Chesapeake City Branch Library on Nov. 29th, 4-6pm.
If you cant make it to any of the events, stop by your nearest CCPL branch and pick up a Harry Potter DVD, book, or audiobook to remind yourself of why its one of the bestselling series of all time.