Harry Potter at Home

The new Harry Potter at Home project is a collective effort by Bloomsbury, Scholastic, Audible, OverDrive, Pottermore Publishing, and WizardingWorld.com to bring the magical world of Harry Potter straight to you during these troubling times.

For over twenty years now, the Harry Potter universe has been a comforting and immersive place for all readers, whether old and bald or young with scabby knees. To welcome everyone at home back to Hogwarts, multiple initiatives have been put into action to add a touch of Harry Potter to our daily lives.

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July Literary Holidays

Here’s a quick look at some of the literary holidays you can celebrate this month: Almanacs, paperbacks, and the Wizarding World!

Happy National Paperback Day!

The entire month of July is read an Almanac month. Providing a wealth of knowledge, they are typically published once a year. The most common almanacs are used for planting dates, tide tables, and celestial events. However, those listed below are a little bit different than your typical almanac. Continue reading “July Literary Holidays”

October Takeover: Harry Potter Nostalgia

~posted by Selby G.

Nothing screams fall for me like Harry Potter. The music, characters, scenery, the entire vibe of the books and movies epitomize what I think Halloween, and Fall, should be like. For the last couple of years my husband and I have the tradition to watch the Harry Potter movies again when the weather starts to turn and cozy slippers are required for puttering around the house.

Find The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook in the SPL catalogIt is not enough, however, to simply watch the movies. Food and beverages make any viewing experience better, and everyone has their own take on what is the best fare to come out of the wizarding world. There is even an entire cookbook of wizard food entitled The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook by Dinah Bucholz. However, this books lacks what many people would view as the most iconic treat from the series: butter beer. Continue reading “October Takeover: Harry Potter Nostalgia”

Harry Potter versus Twilight: Who did you vote for?

harry-potter-and-twilight-characters-from-the-movieYesterday Seattle teens tackled one of the biggest issues of 2009: Which is better, the Harry Potter or Twilight series? Three-hundred passionate Potter and Bella fans packed the auditorium at the Central Library for this hotly contested literary smackdown.

The winner? According to the debate judges … Harry Potter!  A poll of the audience also had Potter on top, capturing more than two-thirds of the people’s choice vote. Find out more at Push to Talk (they’ll be linking to a video soon).

This topic took on a life of its own in the past couple of weeks (a national story, lots of local coverage). Everyone has an opinion, it seems, and readers from as far as way as The Netherlands were emailing the Library’s Teen Center with information absolutely vital to the case (on both sides) and their essential viewpoints. The students in Team Read prepared as diligently as any debaters, responding to questions about which series has the better villain, the better representation of women and the most interesting minor characters.

Yesterday was a great day to work at the Central Library—there was so much energy in the building. I didn’t get to see all of the debate, but I’m definitely looking forward to the video.