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Happy birthday Harry Potter! The Boy Who Lived has come a long way from his days receiving used socks as presents from his cruel aunt and uncle on Privet Drive, and we want to celebrate. What’s the best way?  Have a party, of course! Below, we’ve included a list of fun party ideas we came up with, along with those we discovered from creative Harry Potter fans on the internet. Plus, we have a special how-to from Jennifer Rummel, who’s thrown multiple Harry Potter parties at the Connecticut library where she works.
When trying to figure out my favorite Harry Potter memory, I was stuck. Really, truly stuck. So I took the easy way out, and made a compilation instead. Here’s a top five:
Stephanie Burgis --- author of the Kat, Incorrigible series --- knows a thing or two about magic; in the first book, 12-year-old protagonist Katherine Ann Stephenson discovers that she inherited her mom's magical powers. Therefore, we thought there was no better person to pay tribute to another series that focuses on all things enchanted! Below, Stephanie talks about reading the last book, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, all in one sitting, and why the series as a whole is so special.
There are a lot of books mentioned in the Harry Potter series, and did you know that author J.K. Rowling actually wrote and published some of them for muggles (non-wizards) like us? If you want to read like a wizard, be sure to delve into some of following literature:
July 27, 2014

Merchandise for Muggles

Posted by Shara
The Harry Potter series is filled with awesome objects --- there are magic wands, delicious candies, flying brooms and a slew of interesting pets. Not to worry though ---  you can pick up some great Muggle versions, too! Here is a roundup of some fun Harry Potter merchandise for us wannabe wizards:    
In this post, Katie Boyer --- the Head of Teen Services at Benton Harbor Public Library --- explains why the fact that Harry Potter doesn't end up with "the" girl (Hermione) is one of her favorite things about the series.
What do you do if your Hogwarts letter got lost in the mail and you can’t take the Hogwarts Express to everyone’s favorite school of witchcraft and wizardry? You visit the real world locations from the book! From film sites to amusement parks, here are some of the best real world locations for Harry Potter Fans.
MOUSEHEART author Lisa Fiedler knew she had stumbled upon something special the minute she read the word "muggle." Find out exactly why she loves the Harry Potter series in her below guest post.
Yes, the Harry Potter series is filled with plenty of witches and wizards, but the books wouldn’t be the same if they weren’t filled to the brim with original, goofy, frightening, majestic and powerful creatures, monsters and animals! Here is a list of some of our favorites.  
Edinburgh, Scotland is famous for its towering castle, annual international arts festival, delightful scones...and being the city where JK Rowling wrote HARRY POTTER!  John Maher, the Advertising/Promotions Assistant and Graphic Novel Coordinator at The Book Report Network, was lucky enough to study there for a semester. Here, he shares some photos of the places that inspired Rowling, and wiggled their way into the beloved series!