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Friday, July 29, 2005


Library throws a spellbinding party

Fifth-grader Anya Kaufman is excited to learn she is assigned to Gryffindor House at the Harry Potter book party given at the Gleason Library on July 15. Wizards sorting the children are Rik Pierce, holding a wand, and Henry Cox, holding the sorting hat. (Photo by Nancy Pierce)
Young wizards and witches gathered in Carlisle on the night of Friday, July 15, to celebrate the midnight release of J.K. Rowling's new book, Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince. There was plenty of excitement in this party hosted by Anjli Trehan and the Friends of the Gleason Public Library for Harry Potter fans entering grades three through eight. Under a one-night spell, the library was transformed into the venerable Hogwarts School of Magic. The students arrived promptly at 9 p.m. A tall, bearded man resembling Dumbledore (a.k.a. Rik Pierce) oversaw the sorting of the students into each of the four "houses" Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin.

Once sorted, the students attended a show of magic performed by David Hubelbank, who adeptly demonstrated sleight of hand with cards, knots and scarves. After a snack in the Hollis Room, the students separated by house and competed in a scavenger hunt, searching throughout the library for such things as dragons, magic wands, broomsticks and Gringott's gold. Gryffindor won the hunt, but the inter-house competition continued with a Jeopardy-style trivia game. The kids knew the answers to even the most obscure questions about Harry Potter's world and the muggle chaperones were duly impressed. At last, the anticipated moment arrived with a loud countdown through the final seconds to midnight, when each child left with his or her own copy of the sixth installment of Rowling's special magic, Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince.

POTTER MANIA HITS CARLISLE. At the stroke of midnight on July 15, Camilla Vilain (in cape) and friends receive their new copies of the latest J.K. Rowling book, Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince, at the conclusion of the book party hosted by the Friends of Gleason Library. (Photo by Rik Pierce)

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