On June 27th, 1997 the first Harry Potter book was published in the United Kingdom. That means this summer marks the 20th anniversary of the birth of what is arguably the most popular literary franchise of all time. Originally titled “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” The book was published the following year in the United States as “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” Six more books followed in the series, spawning eight movies and enough spin off materials to keep fans happily reading, watching, or listening for quite some time. If you do a Subject Search for “Harry Potter”on the Denver Public Library online catalog you’ll get over 100 unique items. That’s a lot of Harry Potter.
This past year saw a renewed interest in the franchise with the release of the script of the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child as well as the release of the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The second Fantastic Beasts movie is slated to be released in 2018.
At the Sam Gary Branch of the Denver Public Library, we’re doing our part to keep Pottermania alive and well by hosting our 4th Annual Harry Potter after-hours teen event.
Harry Potter fans in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join us Friday, February 24 after the Sam Gary Branch library closes to the public for a teens only event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Guests will be sorted into houses, enjoy a grand feast, and then participate in a variety of magical activities. Come dressed as your favorite Harry Potter character and win fabulous prizes! This is an after-hours event. Signed permission slips are required as part of registration.