Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Harry and Ginny Potter's youngest son is enrolling in Hogwarts????

Let's hope by now that you all know that the newest Harry Potter adventure is being released THIS Sunday, July, 31! A departure from the other books, this is actually a rehearsal script of a new play written by Jack Thorne based on an original story by J.K. Rowling. The play's world premiere will be in London's West End on Saturday, July 30, 2016.

At the beginning of the play, we find a familiar scene repeated for generations. Harry and Ginny are on Kings Cross platform 9 3/4 to see their youngest son, Albus Severus Potter, off to Hogwarts for the first time. Ron and Hermione are also on the platform to see their daughter, Rose, off to school. She can’t wait to board the train. She’s gregarious and quick to laugh—so much more confident than the nervous Albus.

Because of this new release, we'll be hosting a Harry Potter trivia event tomorrow night, Thursday, July 28, 2016, with the grand prize being a copy of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child." Second and third place winners will be the FIRST ONES to take out the library’s copies of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”, on August 1, 2016. (Winners must check out the books by August 8.)

Harry Potter Trivia Contest
Thursday, July 28 6:00-7:30 pm
6:00-6:15pm Kahoot! Demonstration
6:15-7:00pm Game
7:00-7:30pm Food, mingling
Entering grades 5-12

If you aren’t familiar with Kahoot! already, there will be a warm-up demonstration before the actual contest begins.  The winner will receive a copy of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” which is being released on July 31, 2016. Participants must bring their own devices – anything that has an internet connection. Refreshments served. Registration required. You may register in person, online or by calling 860.673.3331. Space is limited to 40.

The release of this book has brought up the question among some about the whole concept of fictional characters aging. I have mixed feelings about the huge gap in Harry's life for this new release. On the one hand, I wonder what Harry's 20's were like, while on the other hand I like skipping to the next generation of familiar faces attending Hogwarts, as the series really is about the institution itself. I just came across this really interesting article on The Guardian's website about this topic with several well-known authors -- including Anthony Horowitz, Cressida Cowell,Charlie Higson, , and  -- offering up their opinions. What do you think? Should fictional characters grow up?

Let me know.

That's all for now.
Peace out, Butterscouts.
-Miss Sara