Since Harry Potter fans can’t gather to celebrate the wizarding world, Sno-Isle Libraries will bring the wizarding world to them.
Sno-Isle Libraries is gearing up to celebrate Harry Potter Week with online events that begin July 23 and finish on July 31, the young wizard’s “birthday.”
Harry Potter fever has been hitting especially hard in Snohomish and Granite Falls. This time last year, the Snohomish Library had at least 700 wizards and witches (and muggles) taking in all manner of Potter-themed events that filled the library and its grounds for an afternoon. A few days later, Granite Falls Library’s Camp Hogwarts attracted a couple hundred Potter fans.
Coronavirus precautions changed all plans for a repeat performance this year.
So, Snohomish Librarian Shannon Horrocks and her Sno-Isle Libraries colleagues regrouped. They brainstormed ideas and developed events that would work online.
“Because we weren’t able to host in–person programs this year, we had to find new and inventive ways to reach the many Harry Potter fans in our community,” Horrocks said. “A system-wide team of Sno-Isle Libraries staff worked hard to create exciting content that we hope will carry on the magic of the Wizarding World even though we can’t meet in person.”
Events include a virtual escape room (Diagon Alley Debacle – An Adventure in the Wizarding World!), “Harry Potter”-themed pub and family trivia contests, six Potter-specific Craft and Chat events, “Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone” book club, and the July 31 finale, two interactive shows of Secrets of Wizards Live! with magician Jeff Evans.
The Sno-Isle Libraries website includes a Harry Potter page that has a sorting hat to determine appropriate Hogwarts houses for participants. Also available are suggested summer reading lists for specific houses and popular characters. A magic activity book, herbology scavenger hunt, astronomy activity and potions, recipe cards and daily prophet polls will also be available.
On July 28, another downloadable activity book and related video will be available to help make a personal bestiary of magical creatures.
“Our goal is that these activities and live, online programs will still bring Harry Potter fans together as we celebrate our love of reading and creativity,” Horrocks said. “The Sno-Isle wizarding world is an inclusive, safe and welcoming space for ALL muggles, witches and wizards.”
Harry Potter Week Events
11 a.m. July 23: Craft and Chat, Hogwarts Texture Rubbing Collage
All day July 27-31, Aug. 6 and 13: Diagon Alley Debacle – An Adventure in the Wizarding World!
2 p.m. July 27: Online Craft and Chat, Hermione Granger’s Bewitching Bookmarks
11 a.m. July 28: Online Craft and Chat, Hermione Granger’s Beaded Handbag
2 p.m. July 28: Summer Shorts – Dig Deep into Books!
5 p.m. July 28: Online Craft and Chat, Mrs. Weasley’s Yarn Circle
2 p.m. July 29: Online Craft and Chat, Make Your Own Magic Wand
4 p.m. July 29: “Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone” book club
7 p.m. July 29: Online Pub Trivia, “Harry Potter”
11 a.m. July 30: Online Craft and Chat, Making Magical Creatures
10 a.m. and 2 p.m. July 31: Secrets of Wizards Live! with Jeff Evans
4 p.m. July 31: Online Family Trivia, “Harry Potter”