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Harry Potter, 20th Anniversary!

June 15, 2017

*Sonorus!*

Rejoice! Muggles & Wizard folk, Giants & House Elves, Werewolves & Goblins alike, as we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the epic series Harry Potter!!! The owleries will be empty as scops & screech, snowy & great greys wing their way alike, silently to deliver the news at devastating volume as howlers explode across the land in proclamation!!!

Raise your glasses of butter beer or pumpkin juice in salute to a character and series of stories which has had a massive impact on children, parents and adults who grew up in the time of original release, as well as through the release of cinematic productions and the excellent audio readings by Stephen Fry and Jim Dale.

Harry along with his friends Hermione Granger and Ronald Weasley took readers on an epic adventure through schooling at Hogwarts School of Magic where children faced many unusual challenges in gaining the skills required to become successful witches and wizards. The competition inspired by the allocation of school houses is familiar to many from the Muggle schooling world. The houses of Hufflepuff, Slytherin, Ravenclaw & Gryffindor were a little different to your run of the mill school houses with children being allocated by the magical sorting hat to a house most suitable to their personality and attributes.

The thump of the bludgers! The scream of the quaffle! The speed & broom skills of the chase for the Golden Snitch!!! Forget traditional ball games. The explosion of Quidditch onto the muggle world had non-magical children pining for a chance to saddle up on a Nimbus 2000 or a Firebolt Supreme broomstick and take to the air in the wizarding world’s greatest entertainment.

Concepts like magic flue powder, which allows wizards to travel through fire places; Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans, a confectionary which lives up to its name as you are as likely to get a vomit flavoured bean as a strawberry & Platform Nine & Three-Quarters, a magical platform at King’s Cross train station from which the Hogwart’s Express departs, are all examples that fire the imagination and make the Harry Potter stories such an inventive and entertaining world to become immersed in.

The hulking presence of Hagrid, Hogwart’s game keeper and devotee of a menagerie of fantastical, mysterious & frankly downright dangerous magical fauna was a steady source of entertainment, as well as providing Hogwart’s school nurse, Madam Pomfrey, with a stream of hospital cases.

Many will be happy to revisit the world of Harry Potter and for those yet to experience it I can assure you that even the Dementors of Azkaban won’t be able to wipe the smile off your face!

There will be a twitter discussion on 27 June  starting at 11am and 8.00pm Australian Eastern Daylight Savings (Summer) Time.  6.00pm Singapore Standard Time, 12.00 noon Central European Summer Time, 9am – 11am BST.  Note this is a staggered discussion.

Use the tags  #epicread and #rwpchat as you discuss the reading, watching playing that is your experience of  #epicread, so others can join in the conversation too!

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