Li­brary cel­e­brates Harry Pot­ter’s birthday

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By JESSI STICKEL

Chil­dren and par­ents from across Charles County cel­e­brated Harry Pot­ter’s birthday last week by spend­ing a day at Hog­warts, at the Charles County Pub­lic Li­brary Po­tomac branch.

As chil­dren en­tered the chil­dren’s wing of the li­brary they ran­domly chose their Hog­warts house and re­ceived a ticket to the Hog­warts Ex­press, a Hog­warts pa­per tie to color in the theme of their cho­sen house and a plastic wand.

Some chil­dren came to the cel­e­bra­tion in cos­tume, mir­ror­ing the movie’s main char­ac­ters, with robes, ties, scarfs, glasses and even painted on scars, like Harry Pot­ter.

When it was time for the Hog­warts Ex­press to leave, the chil­dren en­tered through the fa­mous 9 ¾ brick wall like in the books and films.

Once in­side Hog­warts, chil­dren were as­signed to go to wizard classes to com­plete var­i­ous hands on ac­tiv­i­ties. They cre­ated slime in po­tions class and a Man­drake char­ac­ter from the se­ries in her­bol­ogy class. The chil­dren also played the Hog­warts game Quid­ditch and tested their magic abil­i­ties by putting spells on a De­men­tor.

This was the first time the Po­tomac li­brary has hosted a birthday cel­e­bra­tion for the fic­tional char­ac­ter.

“It’s high in­ter­est for the chil­dren and it gets the kids to read the [Harry Pot­ter] books, in­stead of just watch­ing the movies,” said Sarah An­der­son, chil­dren’s su­per­vi­sor at the Po­tomac li­brary.

Chil­dren and par­ents ended Harry’s cel­e­bra­tion by singing “Happy Birthday,” and en­joy­ing Harry Pot­ter themed cup­cakes and Gil­ly­wa­ter, a wiz­ard­ing bev­er­age from the se­ries.

PHO­TOS BY JESSI STICKEL

Chil­dren and par­ents ended the Harry Pot­ter cel­e­bra­tion by singing “Happy Birthday” to the pop­u­lar chil­dren’s fic­tion char­ac­ter be­fore en­joy­ing cup­cakes and “Gil­ly­wa­ter,” a wiz­ard­ing bev­er­age from the se­ries.

Sis­ters Is­abelle Jack­owski, 5, (left) and Emma Jack­owski, 8, of La Plata, and Wil­liam Rempfer, 7, of Mar­bury played a game of Quid­ditch with Ping-Pong balls, plastic rings and cups at the Harry Pot­ter birthday cel­e­bra­tion at the Po­tomac li­brary Mon­day.

“Ex­pecto pa­tronum,” is the Harry Pot­ter spell that Scar­lett Deleon, 6, of Wal­dorf yelled at the evil De­men­tor with her wand.

The Charles County Pub­lic Li­brary Po­tomac branch cov­ered its chil­dren’s wing with Harry Pot­ter themed dec­o­ra­tions for the fic­tional char­ac­ter’s birthday cel­e­bra­tion.

Wil­loe Har­ris, 6, of In­dian Head (right) and Alexa Erslev, 8, vis­it­ing from Florida share laughs to­gether while cre­at­ing a slime po­tion with glit­ter.

Sarah An­der­son, chil­dren’s su­per­vi­sor, showed chil­dren how to en­ter Hog­warts through the fic­tional “9 ¾” brick wall dur­ing the Harry Pot­ter birthday cel­e­bra­tion at the Po­tomac li­brary Mon­day.

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