By Betsy Natter

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the Harry Potter book series in the U.S. and fans are still loving everything about the magical world created by author J.K. Rowling. Seven books, eight movies and a few spin-off books later, Harry is still a popular fellow. Celebrate his birthday, officially July 31st, by attending one of these events.

Movie Screening – Upper Moreland Public Library
109 Park Avenue, Willow Grove, PA 19090
(215) 659-0741

All teens in grades 6-12 are invited to attend a free screening of the latest movie in the Harry Potter world franchise, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. In this movie, Newt Scamander, a wizard and magizoologist must travel through New York City catching his collection of magical creatures. The story takes place in the 1920’s, seventy years before Harry and his friends arrive on the scene.

The event will take place on Tues., July 25 at 6:30 pm at the Upper Moreland Public Library. Run-time is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes. Snacks will be provided. 

Muggle Quidditch Match – Upper Moreland Public Library
109 Park Avenue, Willow Grove, PA 19090
(215) 659-0741

Play Harry’s favorite game as you and your friends try to catch the golden snitch, wack around a few bludgers and put the quaffle through the hoops. The match will be held on Thurs., July 27th from 3 to 5 pm with a rain date of Sun., July 30th. Come with a team of 7 players or on your own and join up with others to form teams for the afternoon’s play. Match organizers will try to rotate players throughout positions for optimal fun. Following the games, everyone can relax in the library’s common room and enjoy pizza. Players ages 8-14 are invited to participate. Pre-registration is suggested, but not required. Register at the library’s information desk, by calling (215) 659-0741 or by emailing Becky at [email protected]

Harry Potter Party – Perkiomen Valley Library
290 Second St., Schwenksville, PA 19473
(610) 287-8360

Celebrate Harry’s birthday in style on Thurs., July 27th from 6-8 pm at the Perkiomen Valley Library. Come as you are or get dressed up as your favorite character. Crafts, games and food will be provided! No need to bring Harry a gift, but feel free to bring a new, unwrapped gift, which will be donated to the Daily Bread Food Pantry. Place your reservation for the event at (610) 287-8360. 

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