Posts Tagged ‘harry potter’

Winter at Hogwarts

December 5, 2013


Muggles of all ages are welcome to attend Winter at Hogwarts this Saturday, December 7th at 7pm at the Davenport Public Library Eastern Avenue Branch!  We’ll have food, games, crafts and even more activities, all centered around your favorite school of witchcraft and wizardry.   Come in costume for a chance to win a prize!

As always, the event is totally FREE!  Let us know that you’re coming by calling (563) 326-7832.

June is Audiobook Month!

June 19, 2013


I love listening to audio books!  It makes your drive to school, commute to work, or time exercising go so much faster (and it makes it easier to juggle multiple books at a time, since it makes it harder to mix them up when one is print and one is audio).

Never tried an audio book?  Here are some of my personal favorites from the YA section:

The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling, read by Jim Dale – My all-time favorite audio books.  Jim Dale has a way of really bringing all the characters to life.

The His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman, read by a full cast – Yes that’s right, a full cast of people doing different voices, like a radio play.  It took some getting used to but it was definitely cool to listen to and very well done.

Fire by Kristin Cashore – This is an AWESOME fantasy series.  I read the first and third books but listened to the second one, and the reader did a great job of capturing the story and setting the right tone.

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins – Most of the time for audio books I like something light and fun, since often I listen to them in my car.  So this love story was the perfect choice!


Pottermore Now Live and Open!

May 5, 2012

Pottermore logo

You may recall the hubbub last July when Pottermore opened for business, so to speak–but only if you were one of the chosen elite. Well, my friends, those days are over–Pottermore is now open to the public! Anyone can fly on over and sign up for a chance to not only follow Harry Potter through his journey at Hogwarts, but to become a part of the story yourself.

Pottermore books

For those that missed the train (the Hogwarts Express, as it were) completely, Pottermore is an interactive experience guiding you through each of the seven Harry Potter books, as well as providing you with supplemental information J.K. Rowling never got a chance to fit into the books themselves. For example, did you know that when the Sorting Hat takes a long time to decide in what house to place a wizard, it’s called a Hatstall? Well, did you know that Professor McGonagall had a Hatstall of five and half minutes between Gryffindor and Hufflepuff before being placed in Gryffindor–and it was exactly the opposite for Professor Flitwick?  Oh, the things you learn!

Pottermore spells

On top of reliving Harry Potter’s story, you also get to become a part of Hogwarts yourself.  In the first book, you get to go shopping for your school supplies (including being chosen by a wand!), get Sorted into a House, as well as learn how to duel and make potions. Nearly everything you do earns your House points to go towards the House Cup, the winner of which will be announced when the next book is available on Pottermore.

Potions class in Pottermore

There’s still no word on when HP and the Chamber of Secrets will open up, but we’ve been told “early to mid 2012,” so it must be soon! If you’re dying to know, I would keep an eye on Pottermore Insider for the latest information.

(Go, Ravenclaw!)

Book Trailer Thursday: Pottermore

June 23, 2011

sooo this is kinda like a trailer for an online book experience, and thus totally appropriate for a Book Trailer Thursday, right?!

What are your feelings about Pottermore? Will you read the books online or on an ereader? Gahhh so many thoughts I am having right now!

HARRY POTTER PARTY @ Fairmount on Thursday!

November 17, 2010

Going to the Midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1? Soooo you can go sit in line in a cold movie theater for six hours, OR you can come to DPL’s Harry Potter Party at the Fairmount Branch Library from 5:30-7:30, have crazy HP fun,  and then go sit in line in a cold movie theater for only four hours (and still get just as good of seats)! PARTY! Here are the details:

The end is near. The long-awaited finale of the Harry Potter movie franchise is coming. The first installment of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, also known as “HP7,” happens on November 19. What better way to celebrate a literary character than at a library! The Davenport Public Library is hosting a Harry Potter Party on Thursday, November 18, at 5:30 p.m. at the Fairmount Branch Library (3000 N. Fairmount Street), and everyone is invited!

Participants will enjoy games, contests, crafts, and HP PRIZES! Participate in Triwizard Trivia and Transfiguration Dueling, a costume parade, and the Bertie Bott’s bean tasting contest. Make sure you wear your most creative Harry Potter-inspired costume so you can compete in the costume contest! Enjoy free refreshments, including polyjuice potions, dragon eggs, and cauldron cakes.

Why is this celebration for all ages? If a child was 9 years old when he/she began reading the Harry Potter series, that child would now be 21. If a child was 9 years old when he/she began watching the Harry Potter movies, that child would now be old enough to vote. Harry Potter transcends time. Its lessons are universal and imaginative. Adults, teens, and kids alike can agree the books will be forever classics. The movies heighten the reading experience, providing visuals that we all saw in our heads and can now see on the big screen. Don’t let the “end” come without celebrating a book and movie character of a lifetime.

For more information, call 563-326-7832, or visit


June 26, 2010

Until the Eastern Branch Library opens and we get to rock out with these guys:

P.S. The awesome movie they are advertising is We Are Wizards–a documentary directed by Josh Koury about Harry Potter fans that features Harry and the Potters, Melissa Anelli, Brad Neely (the creator of Wizard People, Dear Reader) and lots of others (including a sixteen year old girl who organized a successful boycott against Warner Brothers when they tried to shut down HP fansites!). And guess what?! You can watch it for free online thanks to Hulu!

DO YOU ROCK LIKE A WIZARD?! Harry and the Potters are coming to Davenport on July 10, 2010!

May 29, 2010

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Harry and the Potters
Harry and the Potters, the biggest wizard rock band on the PLANET, will be playing at the new Eastern Branch Library for the Grand Opening Party!!! For those of you who are wizard rock fans, I’m sure you just choked on your butterbeer. But some of you may be all “Wizard Rock Wha Who Huh?!?” No worries–we’ve got several weeks to introduce you to the worldwide phenomenon of music based on the world of Harry Potter and turn you into a superfan. Here are three good starters:

1. Here is the teaser trailer for the Wizard Rockumentary (so obviously it gives lots of fun info about Wizard Rock!)

2. MTV NEWS VIDEO: MTV did a news segment on Wizard rock in the summer of 2007 that does a good job showcasing many of the wrock groups, including Harry and the Potters. Sadly, MTV won’t let me embed this video anymore but you can still see it on their site!

3. Read the awesome book Harry, A History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon by Melissa Anelli. It has a whole awesome chapter on Wizard Rock.

Yea! Yea! Yea! Okay, question: is this nerdy-cool or cool-nerdy? or even something more complicated like geeky-nouveau-punk-magic?

Anyway, so text all your friends about the JULY 10th HARRY AND THE POTTERS show and keep watching this blog as we continue to freak out about how neato this is.