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Harry Potter Day at the library

Camille Doty

By Camille Doty
July 11, 2011 at 2:11 a.m.

Brooke Reaves, 10, and Esther Gurau, 11, make wands together during the Harry Potter Day event at the Victoria Library on Monday. When asked if she was a fan of the movies, Esther replied, "I am a fan of the books!"

Emi Jones got introduced to Harry Potter two years ago. The book cast its spell on her. She was instantly hooked.

"I've read all (seven) of the books in two weeks. I read super fast," she said.

Her fascination with the series is indescribable. And now that Potter is coming to an end, she said there is a huge void in her 13-year-old world.

"It was such a huge thing, and now that is ending. I don't know what's going to top it," she said.

Although Emi just moved to Victoria from West Virginia, she was able to quickly connect with other wizarding world fans at the Victoria Public Library's Harry Potter Day on Monday afternoon. The purpose was to celebrate Friday's movie release of the series finale.

"I've only been here five minutes, and I'm having so much fun," she said.

As children walked in the room, they randomly chose a button, representing one of the houses in the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin.

"I'm proud to be a Gryffindor," Zoie Lowery said in excitement.

Almost 40 children and young adults made magical wands and butterbeer. Some even wore costumes. Students didn't compete in Quidditch matches, but those who dared did enter a trivia contest.

This event was created for teenagers who started reading the books as children, said Liz Thompson. The teen librarian joined in the fun and dressed up like the Nymphadora Tonks character.

Thompson also considers herself to be a fan and can understand Potter appeal.

"Children can relate to some character," she said. "Who wouldn't want to do magic? It's another world."

Reading the Potter books has stretched Emi's imagination. Her favorite book is "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" because she loves the Sirius Black character. She also said the newspapers with the moving pictures were "insane."

The Harry Potter series even puts Emi in a fantasy world, especially with the story's main antagonist, Voldemort. She doesn't think he is the nicest character, but she loves the way he's described.

"He fights to get what he wants. He's got all these people following him," she said.

She also said his transformation is incredible.

Emi made her own transformation by wearing a costume.

She said she enjoyed making arts and crafts. She even got to share some of the treats with her family.

She said if she had to sum up the day, "It was fun and new. I got to try things that I've never done before."



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