Posted: Mon 22nd Feb 2016

Magical night of spells hits Powys libraries /
This article is old - Published: Monday, Feb 22nd, 2016

Libraries across Powys have hosted several spellbinding Harry Potter Night book events. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Fans of all ages celebrated J.K. Rowling’s wonderful novels, enjoying wizarding games and quizzes based around the books and characters – with older children helping to pass the magic on to young readers who haven’t yet discovered these unforgettable books. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

For the second Harry Potter Book Night: A Night of Spells, there were an amazing 12,600 parties and celebrations held all over the world, including here in Powys. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Libraries across the county opened their doors to children of all ages, dressed as goblins, witches and wizards and magical beasts, or their favourite JK Rowling book characters. A Night of Spells began on Thursday 4 February with events in Machynlleth, Llanidloes, Llandrindod, Brecon and Ystradgynlais libraries. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Susan Jones, Branch Librarian at Brecon Library, said: “We were overwhelmed by the response from the children who came, they were so enthusiastic when they saw our own costumes, which we had all created ourselves to add to the magic.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Sue Bone, Branch Librarian at Llandrindod Wells Library dressed up as her favourite character, Bellatrix L’Estrange, to welcome children from the Cubs and Scouts movement to their event. Jars of exclusive ‘Bertie Bots every flavour beans’ were distributed to the winners of their Harry Potter Quiz and costume competitions. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cllr Graham Brown, Cabinet Member for Library Services, said: “This was ultimately about the children being introduced to one of the most successful and spell binding children’s writers of our time. What better way to capture a child’s imagination than to be involved in these inspiring celebrations here in Powys and by joining others across the world to celebrate the power of reading.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Only in its second year, Harry Potter Book Night is fast becoming a fixed date in the events diary for libraries across Powys. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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