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Heterick celebrates release of 'Harry Potter'

Heterick Memorial Library is hosting a Harry Potter-themed event to celebrate 20 years since the publication of the first book,

Heterick Memorial Library is hosting a Harry Potter-themed event to celebrate 20 years since the publication of the first book, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone" (Chelsie Bosley/photo).

By Chelsie Bosley, Freshman Creative Writing Major

Contributing Writer, Northern Review

Heterick Memorial Library is hosting a Harry Potter-themed event to celebrate 20 years since the publication of the first book of the seven book series.  The first book, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone," was originally published in the United Kingdom as "Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone" in 1997, but it wasn’t released in the United States until 1998 with its title changed.

Bethany Spieth, one of the librarians at Heterick, said, “We wanted to have a fun event for students that would help them celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book being published.”

Students can answer questions online on the library’s social media—@onuhetlib on Twitter and Instagram—throughout the week for a chance to win ONU swag!  In addition to this, students can come in Oct. 31 to eat Harry Potter-themed snacks and participate in activities on the first floor of the library. The snacks will include chocolate covered pretzels wands and jelly beans—don’t worry!  

Spieth said, “There won’t be any Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, so you will not have to worry about the gross flavors.

You’ll get a chance to vote for your favorite Harry Potter book at the event as well as fold a fortune teller that will sort you into a Hogwarts House.  

Once you find out which house you’re in, there will be bookmarks available for each house. The bookmarks will give you book recommendations according to the House you were placed in: Slytherin, Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, or Ravenclaw.

“I’d like to go and see if the house I get sorted into is the same as the Pottermore house I was assigned,” third-year pharmacy major Tim Coppler said. “I don’t think I’ll be able to make it though because that is kind of my lunch hour on Wednesday.”

For those with a similar predicament: no need to worry.  Although the sorting of the Houses is at 11 a.m., the foldable fortune tellers will be out all day!   

“The event will last until the snacks run out,”  Spieth said “and even then the sorting of the House, the bookmarks, and the voting will still be available for all to partake in.”