Muggles and Wizardkind filled the Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library on Friday. There were even a few dragons and house elves thrown in for good measure.
It was the library’s Harry Potter Party, a morning of magical crafts, activities and games for all ages, and many guests took the opportunity to dress up as their favourite character from the books by J.K. Rowling.
It was a testament to the enduring popularity of the Harry Potter series and the world of Hogwarts School of Sorcery. In fact, one of the games at the library’s party – Pin the Pig’s Tail on Dudley – was put together for the launch of the first Harry Potter movie 20 years ago.
A young guest, dressed as character Hermione Granger, was asked why she likes the Harry Potter books. “Why I like it is, it just is," she said.
“I think Harry Potter endures because it’s relatable. Because he’s a normal kid who become an extraordinary kid" when he suddenly discovers magical powers at the age of 11, said staff member Andrea VanderKooij.
“It’s a complete universe, a multi-generational universe that the whole family can connect to,” said a member of Hallarn/Marcoccia family, all of whom came dressed for the occasion.
There were crafts, Hogwarts school crests, a chance to make a “screaming mandrake” to take home, and plenty of magic that even muggles could enjoy.
One young Harry Potter look-alike was asked what he loved most about the books.
“Everything!” he said.