harry potter

Twenty Years at Hogwarts

On Thursday, June 26, 1997, the world was forever changed. On this day, we mere muggles were blessed with the masterpiece that is Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. On this date, the book was first published in the U.K. (It was later published in the U.S. in September 1998 under the title Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.) And I can tell you, from the first time I escaped into my favorite world, my life would never be the same.

For this children’s librarian, it’s always a huge humble-brag of mine to tell people I am a self-proclaimed “Harry Potter hipster.” As in, I read the books before they were cool (well, the first book at least). In August 1998, a month before the U.S. publication of Sorcerer’s Stone, I entered fourth grade. It was in this school year that I first recall discovering this book in my school library.

I was always an avid reader, and loved just browsing the shelves for books that “looked good”. I have a distinctive memory of finding this book on my school library’s shelf. I remember being attracted to the jewel tones of the book jacket illustration. Of being intrigued by the boy flying on a broomstick on the cover. Despite the old saying of “never judge a book by its cover” I totally did. I was pulled in. Who was this boy? What is the sorcerer’s stone? I had to know. And my world was never the same. From that fateful day in fourth grade, 10 year old me was changed. Definitely for the better.

Now, here we are 20 magical years later.

I know what some of you are thinking. Isn’t she a little old for Harry […]

Harry Potter Wedding

 
How to Plan a Harry Potter Wedding
Andrew and I were deeply and irrevocably committed from our first meeting—to our deep and abiding love for Harry Potter that is.

I knew with a kitschy wedding theme that I would have to tread carefully. I wanted my wedding to be fun, and have our personalities stamped front and center—yet not have the theme take away from the point of the day. We were there, for the most part, for a wedding. In the ceremony itself, the only aspect of HP that I implemented was our recessional song as we walked out of the church. As the instrumental song Hedwig’s Theme soared from the speakers, I heard appreciative chuckles from the audience. But ultimately, I did it for me. I would strongly recommend NOT allowing any part of the fandom into your ceremony/reception that you aren’t in love with. If you are only implementing a prop/song/food into your big day for the sake of fandom purity—please give yourself a break. The day is not meant to celebrate Harry Potter or Dr. Who or Star Wars. It is to celebrate you, so pick what you want.
The Reception
Music

The entire dinner (an hour) was all instrumental music from the soundtracks to the many Harry Potter movies. My fiancé, sister, and I listened to all 7 soundtracks and picked our favorite songs by hand. That is dedication. Afterwards, it was music to make people dance.

Candy Bar/Punch Table

Our candy bar was inspired by Honeydukes, a candy shop in the Harry Potter books. We had golden snitches by adding wings to Ferrero Rocher chocolate covered hazelnuts. We had Twizzlers that were licorice wands. There was Double Bubble that played as Drooble’s Best Blowing Gum. […]

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