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Wands at the Ready: It’s time to celebrate International Harry Potter Day!

Scarf, book and magic wand

Calling all Potterheads! This is a day created and celebrated just for you! In 2012, British Prime Minister, David Cameron, declared May 2nd International Harry Potter Day! This date was chosen because 23 years ago on May 2, 1998 the Battle of Hogwarts was fought. In Cameron’s official statement announcing the new holiday he said “In order to fully commemorate and immortalize Ms. Rowling’s work, we have decided to officially declare May 2nd as an official international holiday, in honor of the date that protagonist Harry Potter conquered the main antagonist of the series, Lord Voldemort. We hope that children and adults alike will be reminded of Harry Potter’s strong and courageous character on this day, as well as of the true credit that Ms. Rowling has made to society.”
So, grab your wands and let’s celebrate!

Ways to Celebrate:

In order to honor this very special day here are some things you can do!

  1. Reread your favorite Harry Potter Book! I can’t tell you how many times I have read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows!
  2. Check out the illustrated versions! These large-scale editions are gorgeously illustrated in full color by award-winning artist Jim Kay.
    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  1. Check out some of the Harry Potter companion books!
  2. Get your popcorn ready and have a Harry Potter movie marathon! All eight movies are available to check out at the library!
  3. Have you ever wondered which Hogwarts House you belong in? If so, visit J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World to find out! When you sign up, you will be able to take part in an official Sorting Ceremony! Other features include: The Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes Quiz, Complete the Quote: Severus Snape Edition, The Dumbledore’s Army Word Search, and so much more!
  4. Share your favorite Harry Potter quotes using #internationalharrypotterday on social media!  Having trouble finding your favorite Harry Potter quote? If so, check out these websites which have quotes from both the books and the movies!
    The Best Harry Potter Quotes to Remember, Always…
    79 of the Best Harry Potter Quotes

Interesting Facts:

  1. J.K. Rowling’s magical novel was rejected 12 times before being picked up by Bloomsbury Publishing.
  2. Even Stephen King was freaked out by Dolores Umbridge. In a 2009 review of Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix he wrote, “The gently smiling Dolores Umbridge, with her girlish voice, toad-like face, and clutching, stubby fingers, is the greatest make-believe villain to come along since Hannibal Lecter.”
  3. J.K. Rowling suffered clinical depression which lead to the creation of dementors. Dementors were creatures that fed off of the happiness of the living; hollow, torturous beings that suck life out rather than create.
  4. J.K. Rowling has stated she may have made a mistake by pairing Ron and Hermione together. She has said that the two would have marital struggles and she sometimes wondered if Hermione and Harry would have been a better fit.
  5. J.K. Rowling once said that when she wasn’t in a happy place, she almost killed off Ron out of spite.

If you would like to read more interesting facts check out these websites!
35 Things You Might Not Know About Harry Potter
Harry Potter Trivia: 50 Fun Facts About the Wizarding World


Hello everyone! I'm Brianna and I am a Youth Services Library Assistant at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. Working at the library is a dream come true! There is nothing better than being surrounded by books all day long. It is perfect! When I'm not at the library, I spend most of my time playing with my son, Dean, and my three dogs! I have two huskies, Strider and Oakley, and one boxer named Izzy. They keep me pretty busy, but whenever I have a spare moment there is a YA novel in my hands. I am always looking for my next great read!