Calling All Harry Potter Fans

Calling All Harry Potter Fans

Attention Harry Potter Fans – if you’ve ever wanted to share your love of all things Hogwarts and magic with a bunch of like-minded Potter crazed readers, then you’ll need to find out about Harry Potter Book Night ASAP.

Thursday 6th February marks the sixth annual Harry Potter Book Night and this year fans will be celebrating the Triwizard Tournament.

Since Harry Potter Book Night began in 2015, there have been thousands of events organised with over 13,000 organised in 2018 alone, so make sure you check with your local bookshop or library to see what is happening near you.

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry and three other champions must face challenges that will test them in different ways – their magical prowess, their daring and their powers of deduction. Are you brave enough to put your name into the Goblet of Fire?

Wizards, Witches and Muggles from around the world are invited to take part in a tournament of their own, competing in enchanting games, making magical crafts and testing their skills with an array of activities.

Wands at the ready … let the magic begin!

Publisher Bloomsbury, has created an event map here so you can see what local events are already in the works. It’s worth noting that some bookshops and libraries host their events on the following Saturday.

If you can’t get to one of the events it’s worth taking a look at the website anyway as there are lots of fun resources, games and print outs that you can use any time, along with a newsletter you can sign up for to receive updates on all Potter related news.

And you can share your ideas and plans for Harry Potter Book Night on Twitter and Facebook using #HarryPotterBookNight.

You never know, this could be the biggest Harry Potter Book Night 2020 yet!

 

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Synopsis

The official behind-the-scenes book of the record-breaking award-winning play HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD.HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD is one of the most celebrated stage productions of the past decade. Opening in London's West End in 2016, on Broadway in 2018 and in Melbourne in 2019 - and with more productions worldwide still to come (including San Francisco later this year) - the play has smashed records, collected countless rave reviews and awards, and captivated audiences night after night. Now readers are invited behind the scenes to experience the show's journey to the stage - from the earliest phases of development with producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender, to the crafting of the eighth Harry Potter story with J.K. Rowling, director John Tiffany and playwright Jack Thorne, and to the gathering of an extraordinary team of artists and actors together to bring this new part of Harry's story to life.With stunning photography, insightful interviews and never-before-seen sketches, notes, candid backstage photos and more, this full-colour deluxe edition offers readers unparalleled access to this unique production, and is a beautiful gift for Harry Potter fans and theatre-lovers alike.

Synopsis

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne, is the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. It will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 2016.It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.

Publisher details

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Author
J.K. Rowling
Publisher
Bloomsbury
Genres
Children’s Fiction, Fantasy
Released
16 July, 2005

Synopsis

As the Dark Lord’s sinister forces amass, a spirit of gloom and fear is sweeping the land. Harry Potter waits nervously in his bedroom at the Dursleys' for Professor Dumbledore to arrive. One of the last times he saw the Headmaster was in a fierce duel with Voldemort at the Ministry of Magic. Why is the Professor coming to visit him now? What is it that cannot wait until Harry returns to Hogwarts? In his sixth year, Harry will discover the secret behind the Half-Blood Prince, as Professor Dumbledore prepares him to face his destiny …

Publisher details

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2)
Author
J.K. Rowling
Publisher
Bloomsbury
Genres
Children’s Fiction, Fantasy
Released
02 July, 1998

Synopsis

Harry Potter can’t wait for his holidays with the dire Dursleys to end. But a small, self-punishing house-elf warns Harry of mortal danger awaiting him at Hogwarts. Returning to the castle nevertheless, Harry hears a rumour about a Chamber of Secrets, holding unknown horrors for wizards of Muggle parentage. Now someone is casting spells that turn people to stone, and a terrible warning is found painted on the wall. The chief suspect – always in the wrong place – is Harry. But something much more terrifying has yet to be unleashed.#59 in ABC My Favourite Book 

Publisher details

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4)
Author
J.K. Rowling
Publisher
Bloomsbury
Genres
Children’s Fiction, Fantasy
Released
08 July, 2014

Synopsis

When the Quidditch World Cup is disrupted by Voldemort's rampaging supporters and the terrifying Dark Mark appears against the night sky, it is obvious to Harry Potter that, far from weakening, Voldemort is getting stronger. Back at Hogwarts for the fourth year Harry is astonished to be chosen to represent the school in the Triwizard Tournament. The competition is dangerous, the tasks terrifying, and true courage is no guarantee of survival - especially with the Dark Lord's forces on the rise...Joint #36 in ABC My Favourite Book 

Publisher details

Synopsis

Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. His hopes for a quiet school term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed, though, when a maniacal mass- murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison. It's assumed that Hogwarts is the safest place for Harry to be. But is it his imagination that is making him feel eyes watching him in the dark, and should he be taking Professor Trelawney's ghoulish predictions seriously?#15 in ABC My Favourite Book 

Publisher details

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Author
J.K. Rowling
Publisher
Bloomsbury
Genres
Children’s Fiction, Fantasy
Released
21 June, 2003

Synopsis

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Synopsis

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Synopsis

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J.K. Rowling
About the author

J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels have been prize-winning and consistently on the bestseller lists, and have now sold over 325 million copies worldwide in 64 languages.J.K. (Joanne Kathleen) Rowling was born in Chipping Sodbury General Hospital in the UK in 1965. Such a funny-sounding name for a hospital may have contributed to her talent for collecting odd names.Jo moved house twice when she was growing up. The first move was from Yate (just outside Bristol in the south west of England) to Winterbourne (on the other side of Bristol). Jo, her sister and friends used to play together in her street in Winterbourne. Two of her friends were a brother and sister whose surname just happened to be Potter! The second move was when Jo was nine and she moved to Tutshill near Chepstow in the Forest of Dean. Jo loved living in the countryside and spent most of her time wandering across fields and along the river Wye with her sister. For Jo, the worst thing about her new home was her new school.Tutshill Primary School was a very small and very old-fashioned place. The roll-top desks in the classrooms still had the old ink wells. Jo's teacher, Mrs Morgan, terrified her. On the first day of school, she gave Jo an arithmetic test, which she failed, scoring zero out of ten. It wasn't that Jo was stupid - she had never done fractions before. So Jo was seated in the row of desks far to the right of Mrs Morgan. Jo soon realised that Mrs Morgan seated her pupils according to how clever she thought they were: the brightest sat to her left, and those she thought were dim were seated to her right. Jo was in the 'stupid' row, as far right as you could possibly get without sitting in the playground.From Tutshill Primary, Jo went to Wyedean Comprehensive. She was quiet, freckly, short-sighted and not very good at sports. She even broke her arm playing netball. Her favourite subject by far was English, but she also liked languages.Jo always loved writing more than anything. 'The first story that I ever wrote down, when I was five or six, was about a rabbit called Rabbit. He got the measles and was visited by his friends, including a giant bee called Miss Bee. And ever since Rabbit and Miss Bee, I have wanted to be a writer, though I rarely told anyone so. I was afraid they'd tell me I didn't have a hope.'At school, Jo would entertain her friends at lunchtime with stories. 'I used to tell my equally quiet and studious friends long serial stories at lunchtimes.' In these stories, Jo and her friends would be heroic and daring.As she got older, Jo kept writing but she never showed what she had written to anyone, except for some of her funny stories that featured her friends as heroines.After school, Jo attended the University of Exeter in Devon where she studied French. Her parents hoped that by studying languages, she would enjoy a great career as a bilingual secretary. But as Jo recalls, 'I am one of the most disorganised people in the world and, as I later proved, the worst secretary ever.' She claims that she never paid much attention in meetings because she was too busy scribbling down ideas. 'This is a problem when you are supposed to be taking the minutes of the meeting,' she says.When she was 25, Jo went to Portugal to teach English, which she really enjoyed. Because she worked afternoons and evenings, she had mornings free to write. It was in Portugal that Jo started her third novel ('I abandoned the first two novels when I realised how bad they were'). This new novel was about a boy who was a wizard.When she returned to the UK, Jo had a suitcase full of stories about Harry Potter. She worked as a French teacher and also at the same time set herself a target: she would finish the 'Harry' novel and get it published. In 1996, one year after finishing the book, Bloomsbury bought Jo's first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.'The moment I found out that Harry would be published was one of the best of my life,' says Jo. A few months after 'Harry' was accepted for publication in Britain, an American publisher bought the rights for enough money to enable Jo to give up teaching and write full time - her life's ambition!Writing the Harry Potter books The idea for the Harry books came to Jo while on a train. Jo has said that she didn't really focus on magic, rather that 'it chose her... The starting point for Harry's world is "what if it WAS real?"'Jo has said that she doesn't really think anyone or anything directly influenced the Harry Potter books, except perhaps Elizabeth Goudge's The Little White Horse, 'which was my favourite book when I was about eight, and which is also a blend of magic with the workaday.'Jo has a 'basic plot outline for every Harry Potter book, but I like to leave some things to be decided while I write. It's more fun.' She writes nearly every day, sometimes for 10 or 11 hours, sometimes for three hours. She says that it depends on 'how fast the ideas are coming.'The Harry Potter novels must be read very carefully because what may be a small event in the first book may become very important in a later adventure. Despite the fact that she claims to be really disorganised, Jo plans the Harry Potter books in detail. She knows the plot of every book and has them all written down and stored in a secret diary somewhere very safe. She won't discuss these plots with anybody so don't try asking her!She doesn't have a floorplan of Hogwarts - because it would be very difficult to draw as the staircases and rooms keep moving, but Jo knows exactly what the castle looks like. She came up with the names of the Hogwarts' houses on the back of an aeroplane sick bag, which she still has - empty of course! She keeps a record of bizarre names in her notebook and chooses the name she thinks best fits a new character. Some of the monsters in the Harry Potter books are imaginary and others are from legend, so you will have to do some research to find out which is which!Writers often use real people as inspiration for their work and Jo is no exception. Some of the characters in Harry Potter are based on real people but most are made up. Gilderoy Lockhart is an exaggeration of someone Jo once knew. Ron Weasley is a lot like her oldest friend, Sean Harris, to whom she dedicated The Chamber of Secrets and Hermione is a bit like Jo when she was at school. She has also said that Harry is 'a bit like me in some ways and better than me in a lot of ways.'Jo plans to write one novel for every year that Harry is at Hogwarts, so there will be seven books in total. Since there isn't a University for Wizards, there won't be a book about Harry going to university. There will, however, be lots of new creatures and lots of exciting adventures in the whole series, including the reason why some witches and wizards become ghosts when they die; what Harry's parents did before they were killed by You-Know-Who; and a reappearance from Scabbers the rat!Jo has been writing for most of her life. 'I couldn't think of a better way to make a living and truthfully, I think it is the only thing I am good at.' Writing can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a lot of hard work, but don't let that put you off! Jo's advice to aspiring young writers is 'to read as much as you can, like I did. It will give you an understanding of what makes good writing and it will enlarge your vocabulary. Start by writing about things you know about, your own experiences and feelings. That's what I do.'

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