Library party attracts Harry Potter fans |

Library party attracts Harry Potter fans

Michelle Balleck

The Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries Harry Potter release party was ready and waiting for fans Saturday afternoon with a boiling cauldron of smoking green punch and magical wands made of phoenix feathers and unicorn hair.

Chandrea Lopez, 13, and her brother, Preston Lopez, 8, were two of the first to arrive at the celebration of J.K. Rowling’s sixth book in the series.

“It’s interesting. You get to use your imagination a lot,” Chandrea said of the books.

She has read all five of the previous books and is now anxiously awaiting, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.”

Linda Putnam, library assistant, said the branch received five copies, distributed at midnight Saturday, all of which were signed out before they arrived. So, Chandrea will have to wait a week before she can get her hands on a copy. Then maybe she’ll loan it to her brother.

“I had to stay up in my bed reading the first one,” Preston said. “Two nights in a row.”

The two may need more than a week to finish this 672-page novel.

Linda Booker of the Bear River Emporium, said she pre-sold only a dozen copies of the book, likely because most fans went to bigger stores to get their copies.

“We basically sold to people who didn’t want to go through all that,” she said.

For those who procrastinated, Booker said the store has a few extra copies just in case.

The library’s party attracted mostly children, which Putnam expected.

She designed a word scramble game based on facts from Rowling’s first novel.

“If they’re Harry Potter fans and they’ve read the books, they should know,” she said.

She used pretzels sticks, vanilla icing and sprinkles to make wand snacks, and dry ice made the punch bowl boil over with smoke.

Newspapers and everyday craft items became Harry Potter-theme wands for the children to take home. Lightning-bolt temporary tattoos completed everyone’s look, and the adults seemed to have as much fun putting them on their foreheads as the children did.

That seems appropriate, as Putnam is a big fan of the series, and understands why youths are so addicted to the stories.

“I think because the characters are children,” she said, “it empowers them.”

To check out or purchase a copy of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” call the library at 824-5116 or Bear River Emporium at 824-6238.

Michelle Perry may be reached at 824-7031 or

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