Booth Library celebrates 20 years of Harry Potter

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Along with Quidditch during Family Weekend, the Booth Library will celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the first Harry Potter Book with an exhibit.

The program series, “Twenty Years of Harry Potter: Celebrating a Phenomenon,” will be on display at the library from Sept. 14 through Dec. 31, 2017.

According to a press release, author J.K. Rowling published “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” known in the U.S. as “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” in Britain on June 26, 1997.

The seven books in the Harry Potter series have been made into eight films, grossing over $2 billion. More than 450 million copies of the book have been sold, and they have been translated into more than 60 languages.

The Booth Library’s exhibit will look at the popularity and influence of Harry Potter in today’s society.

It kicks off with a keynote, “The Boy Who Lived: Harry Potter and the Culture of Death” by keynote speaker and English professor Suzie Park in the West Reading Room.

During Family Weekend, there will be a Quidditch Tournament, based off of the fictional sport played in the series.

Other presentations include “Dark Arts and Other Wicked Ideas: Harry Potter, Banned Books and Intellectual Freedom,” a Harry Potter menu at The Klehm Café, “Muggles, Magic and Abuse” and others.

The Booth Library and Tarble Arts Center, along with both the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Eastern’s Harry Potter Club, are also set to host a Harry Potter Night. The night will feature trivia, costumes, music, activities and food.

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