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Happy Birthday, Harry Potter! Libraries line up celebrations

Posted July 26

It might seem like just yesterday that Harry Potter was the youthful wizard, charged with saving the world from evil Lord Voldemort. (And, maybe it was because you, like my younger daughter, just picked up "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone," the first novel in the record-breaking series).

But, in fact, that bespectacled hero will turn 37 on July 31, a day that wizards and some Muggles, us non-magical people, celebrate. Indeed, to commemorate the day, libraries across Wake County and in Durham have lined up special events geared toward teens.

In Wake County, seven Wake County Public Library locations will be celebrating with an interactive movie experience of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." The events are scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday, at various locations. It's for rising sixth graders to 10th graders. Registration is required. (At least one location has a wait list already). It's free. Harry Potter costumes are encouraged. More information is on the library's website.

In Durham, Southwest Regional Library is hosting a Harry Potter Read-In, which began earlier this week, and includes events from 6:30 p.m to 8 p.m., Thursday, and 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday. Participants will bring "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" to life and read aloud as a character of their choosing. (British accents optional.) Registration if you plan on reading as a character is requested - or you can just show up. This one is open to all ages. The library's calendar has more information.

And the biggest Harry Potter fans might just want to gift themselves a present this year - to tickets to see "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" in concert at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts in September. Three performances are now planned.

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