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A magical celebration at the library

Duluth Public Library staff members Leah Blackwell, Heidi Harrison and Richmond Kinney dressed as Bellatrix Lestrange, Professor Sybill Trelawney and Dolores Umbridge, respectively. (Photo by Teri Cadeau)1 / 4
Lea Haack, dressed as Rubeus Hagrid, gets sorted into Gryffindor House at the Sorting Hat station. (Photo by Teri Cadeau)2 / 4
Children dressed as Harry Potter and Luna Lovegood decorate Harry Potter coloring pages. (Photo by Teri Cadeau)3 / 4
Andrea Bergherr, dressed as a witch, holds 18-month-old Charlie Ericson, dressed as Dobby the elf from Harry Potter. (Photo by Teri Cadeau)4 / 4

Although Halloween was nearly a week before, children dressed as witches and wizards.

Harry Potter has seen resurgence in popularity this year, due to the release of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" as well as the upcoming film, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." To celebrate, the Duluth Public Library held a Harry Potter Extravaganza Saturday, Nov. 5.

"We've always wanted to do this. All of us love Harry Potter and all of the staff was excited to help," said Heidi Harrison, library technician in youth services.

The celebration included costume and trivia contests, Harry Potter themed crafts, potion-making, a hunt for the golden snitch, Butterbeer and Honeydukes treats and a screening of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." Just outside of the Platform 9 3/4 entryway, there was a shelf full of books recommended by librarians and young adults for children who like Harry Potter.

"We're also hoping to inspire kids to read other books. We have a wide selection of books that are somewhat similar to Harry Potter, so we pulled them out for the kids to look at," Harrison said.

Teri Cadeau

Teri Cadeau is a reporter for the Budgeteer.

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