Harry Pot­ter fans re­joice — CCPL has an event for you

Cecil Whig - - JUMPSTART - By AL­LIE CHARLES

Spe­cial to the Whig

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 was go­ing through his ado­les­cent angst, I was right there with him. I can’t say I re­ally un­der­stood what it was like de­feat­ing a Dark Lord, but I’d like to think SATs and col­lege ap­pli­ca­tions were equally drain­ing. And then it was over. I’m sure ev­ery­one re­mem­bers — or knows some­one — who went through the “post-Pot­ter de­pres­sion” that oc­curred af­ter the last book.

But my gen­er­a­tion isn’t the only one that grew up with Harry Pot­ter. I see young kids pick­ing up the first book for the first time and older cou­ples grab­bing the au­dio­book for a road trip. Peo­ple are still grow­ing up with the Boy Who Lived, and it’s as pop­u­lar as ever.

Some fans are an­noyed that J.K. Rowl­ing is still writ­ing about Harry Pot­ter and didn’t 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 J.K. Rowl­ing’s book of the same ti­tle, Ce- cil County Public Li­brary is host­ing events in Novem­ber! On Wed­nes­day, Nov. 16, the Elk­ton Cen­tral Li­brary will have two off-site events. 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 Mini­hane’s 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. 17, 4 to 6 p.m., and at Ch­e­sa­peake City Branch Li­brary on Nov. 29, 4 to 6 p.m.

If you can’t 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 it’s one of the best­selling se­ries of all time.

Each week, li­brar­i­ans at Ce­cil County Public Li­brary will use their in­for­ma­tion and re­search ex­per­tise to high­light re­sources, tools and ideas ex­plor­ing a va­ri­ety of top­ics, such as small busi­ness, job seek­ing, dig­i­tal ser­vices, tech­nol­ogy, read­ing and learn­ing. For in­for­ma­tion as­sis­tance on today’s topic or oth­ers, con­tact them: ask@cc­plnet.org, face­book. com/ ce­cil­coun­ty­pub­li­cli­brary, 410-996-5600 x481 or ce­cil.ebranch.info.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

In 2013, peo­ple watch and pho­to­graph bald ea­gles from an ob­ser­va­tion deck over­look­ing the Susque­hanna River, on the Har­ford County side, just south of the Conowingo Dam.

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