Richard Hoedl snaps a picture of Lukas Whaley, 7, and Zackary Whaley, 2, at the photo booth set up Tuesday at the Harry Potter’s Birthday event at Nanaimo Harbourfront Library. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

Community celebrates Harry Potter’s birthday

Activities held Tuesday, July 31, at Nanaimo’s Harbourfront Library

There was magic in the air today as Harry Potter’s birthday was celebrated at Nanaimo’s Harbourfront Library.

The branch was transformed into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and kids had a chance to be sorted into houses, make their own magic wands, try their hand at virtual reality potion making, or sit down for a game of wizard chess. There was also a quidditch court set up using a remote control quaffle and golden snitch.

Librarian Caitlin Ottenbreit said the Harry Potter books always seem to be checked out, more than 20 years after the first novel in the series was published.

“It’s just so appealing to think of yourself as being special the way that Harry and his friends get to be special, and getting to immerse yourself in the world with them, and it’s pretty amazing that you really get to grow up with these characters…” she said. “Just the way that you can really immerse yourself and really relate to all of those characters, even though they’re having fantastic, amazing adventures that you might never actually get to have in real life is pretty spectacular.”

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