Harry Potter, House Editions

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, the latest editions are going to get your heart racing! All you need to know is which house you belong to!

That’s right, the newest editions are going to be House-Specific. They’ll have colour-specific covers, with the house crests, which will be explained inside! So far, it looks like it’s just Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets which is going to be released this way, but no doubt the entire series will get the treatment eventually. For true Harry Potter fans, these will be definitely be added to a current collection!

Will you buy one?


What Happens After?

If you’ve ever wondered what happened to the characters in J.K. Rowling’s HARRY POTTER series after the series ended, you’re not alone. We lived with them through so many pages that we feel like they’re real people, and real people keep on living, right?

Thankfully, over the years, J. K. Rowling has given us little hints as to how she envisioned the characters to age. And just the other day, we came across a great compilation of all of her answers. If you’re a fan, take some time to read through “28 Things that Happened after the Harry Potter Books ended”.


It Was Only a Matter of Time

Pottery Barn Teen has launched a Harry Potter inspired home decor collection, specifically aimed at the young readers who have devoured the books for the last decade.

Not only can you purchase items based on each house, but there are more “general” Potterish items, such as beds and desks. The collection is actually quite imaginative and very complete, but I would think some of these things look especially inviting in the photos mainly because the architecture of the rooms is similar to the movies, and what you would imagine in the books. It might not give the same effect in white-walled rooms.

But, if you have a Potter fan at home, no doubt that won’t even be a consideration. When you consider that a backpack here sells for $80 US, it would be wise to select carefully. Not all of us have a Gringott’s to help us out.

Harry Potter, Harry Potter

HThis week, we have a super fun event happening on Tuesday, March 15th from 1-2:30pm….Welcome to Hogwarts!  This is an extra special day for us because we have some young volunteers who have put in a LOT of time and effort into making this an amazing event (hey Maddy and Eden!).

It starts out with a special registration package that you MUST pick up and fill out before Tuesday, and includes the train ticket to get to Hogwarts, so you don’t want to miss it. Right now, the event is aimed at 8-11year olds, but we might be willing to open it up to someone younger. Call and ask to be put on the waiting list, and if we still have spaces on Tuesday morning, we’ll give you a call.

Don’t miss out….call us today to register for this fun event. (Sorry, no drop-ins will be accepted.)

Harry Potter Onstage

potterEarlier this summer, J.K. Rowling announced there would be a a Harry Potter play sometime soon. Although she isn’t writing the play herself, she wants fans to consider it part of the Pottermore legacy. But the big question everyone is asking is: what will it be about?

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is not supposed to be a prequel, but will tell a part of Harry’s story that we haven’t heard yet. Will it be about his time spent during summer vacation at home with the Dursleys? Or will it contain snippets of his life while at school that didn’t make it into the books?

Whatever the content, Harry Potter fans are sure to be thrilled that another “installment” of their favourite series is on the horizon.

Illustrated Harry Potter

 Illustration by Jim Kay © 2014 by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

Illustration by Jim Kay © 2014 by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

It seems that Harry Potter will never go out of style at the library. Each generation produces a new group of readers, and along with the movies, they are constantly in circulation. It’s about to get exciting again.

Scholastic will release a fully illustrated version of HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE on October 6, 2015, will illustrations by Kate Greenaway Medal winner, Jim Kay. And just this week, the publishing house released several of the illustrations as a teaser. The one above is Hogwarts, of course.  You can see the full images here.

Scholastic plans on releasing each book in the series in an illustrated version, one per year. If the rest of the illustrations are as gorgeous as these, you might want to invest in collecting the whole series again. I don’t think you’ll be sorry you did.