Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers. ~Charles W. Eliot

Monday, July 11, 2011

Hooray for Harry Potter!

In honor of the final installment of the final Harry Potter film, out later this week, the Early Career Committee (ECC) of the Children's Book Council, headed by my fabulous staff, has gone to great lengths to create what might be the most elaborate event in the history of the Children's Book Council. The event is Harry Potter trivia night. My staff of HP enthusiasts and their HP-obsessed ECCers sent scripted acceptance letters on parchment paper with wax seals delivered by owls to participants, they have painted banners to reflect the different houses at Hogwart's, they have created a Hogwart's Express for photo souvenirs, they have created zillions of gold origami snitches, they've included a tribute to Moaning Myrtle in the bathroom, they will don costumes and this is just a taste. The creativity knows no bounds - spells have even been cast on the food. What a great reminder this is of the magic that is the Harry Potter series. These books magically transformed non-readers into readers and engaged children of all ages, including the inner children in their parents. The books led to movies and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Theme Park but did you know that they also lead to the invention of a sport? Just ask the International Quidditch Association. The power and magic of storytelling has never been as evident as it has been in this amazing series, for so many reasons. I hope the CBC ECC guests have a magical time tomorrow evening and I hope someone saves me a licorice wand!

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