Six-year-old Desi Gomez-Charles creates a bookmark in Gryffindor colours on Harry Potter Day on Thursday at the Nanaimo North Library. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

Magic in the air at Nanaimo library on Harry Potter Day

VIRL’s Nanaimo North Library branch hosted activities Thursday

Hogwarts’ stern librarian Madam Pince probably wouldn’t have approved of fun and games in the library, but everyone else seemed to be having a good time today.

Thursday was Harry Potter Day at the Nanaimo North Library.

Children were sorted into their Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry houses, made wands and bookmarks, played wizard chess and posed for photo ops. Participating in the various activities earned kids house points and entries into a draw for quills and ink.

“The Harry Potter stories continue to be magical for all ages and we like to make it one of the biggest events we have during the year and the kids love it,” said Sheila Hammond-Todd, VIRL librarian, who was dressed as Professor McGonagall for the occasion.

She said the books are generally checked out off the shelves and there tends to be a lengthy wait to borrow the audiobook versions. The magic and the storytelling make the books timeless, she said.

“Even though I’m too old to have read them when I was young, my daughter was young, and so I got to experience something I think that was just as great, which was reading them out loud to a child growing up and enjoying that as a family,” Hammond-Todd said. “So I just want to help keep bringing that to other people.”

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