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In the Harry Potter universe, the famous boy wizard was born on July 31, 1980, which would make him a man wizard in his early thirties. (J.K. Rowling’s birthday is also today.) To celebrate his 33rd birthday and her 48th, here are some Potter-related facts.
1. Michael Jackson wanted to do a musical version of Harry Potter and proposed the idea to J.K. Rowling. She said no.
2. Rowling created Quidditch in a pub after having a fight with her then-boyfriend. “In my deepest, darkest soul,” she said, “I would quite like to see him hit by a bludger.”
3. “Hogwarts Headache” is a thing. The New England Journal of Medicine ran a letter from a physician noting the unfortunate side effect of children reading more, and for longer periods, than they ever had in their lives.
4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone became …and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the United States. Other changes included “jumper” to “sweater,” “trainers” to “sneakers,” “car park” to “parking lot,” and “jacket potato” to “baked potato.”
5. For years, an Onion article from 2000 titled “Harry Potter Books Spark Rise in Satanism Among Children” has been quoted as fact in chain emails. One oft-repeated fake quote: “Harry Potter books showed me that magic is real, something I can learn and use right now, and that the Bible is nothing but boring lies.”
6. Hermione Granger’s original surname was “Puckle.”
7. Hermione was originally going to have a younger sister, but Rowling never found the right moment to stick her into the books.
8. King’s Cross station is where young wizards hop on the Hogwarts Express to get to school. The station holds special meaning for J.K. Rowling: it’s where her parents met.
9. Not wanting her to be pigeonholed as a girls-only author, Joanne Rowling’s publisher asked her to write under androgynous initials. Not having a middle name, she picked “K” to honor her grandmother, Kathleen.
10. A retired professor from Eton College translated Harry Potter into Latin. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone became Harrius Potter et Philosophi Lapis. J.K. Rowling’s hope for the translations is that they “will help children overcome the common dread of studying” Latin.
11. Father Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican’s former chief exorcist, says practicing yoga is Satanic. “It leads to evil—just like reading Harry Potter.”
Read the full text here: http://mentalfloss.com/article/31345/11-harry-potter-facts-our-amazing-fact-generator#ixzz2afMad8Ql
Nerdfighters on NPR
Our featured author, John Green, has a community of online fans called “Nerdfighters.” They were just profiled on NPR! Don’t you want to be a nerdfighter now?
It is the story of two boys at a boarding school during World War 2. It’s not a regular World War 2 book. Also there’s an epic plot twist at the end.
-Kristie Martin, age 14
John is a GREAT young adult book writer. Winner of many many book awards, John is also famous for his Youtube communications with his brother Hank. They leads a community of nerd fighters “who fight for intellectualism and to decrease the overall worldwide level of suck.” (Find @johngreenbooks.com/) They also operate Project for Awesome where Youtube users make videos featuring their favorite non-profits/charities. His first book is Looking for Alaska, which of course, won an award (Printz). He has previously worked at a Steak and Shake, for the book review journal Booklistas, and as a chaplain.
Favorite book: The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing by MT Anderson
Likes: Pizza, poetry, nerds, happy dancing, FIFA and the Swindon Town Swoodly-Poopers, famous last words, puppy-sized elephants
Dislikes: Unicorns, Tiny Chicken Disease, giant squids of anger
It’s been a while since this blog was updated. Just thought I would introduce myself, my name is Lyndsey Runyan. I am the new Teen librarian at Keene Public Library. I moved to Vermont 2 years ago from Seattle, Washington
I love reading post and apocalyptic fiction like Blood Red Road by Moira Young, Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler, and fantasy like all of Tamora Pierce’s books and Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. I love dogs, swimming and playing strategy games like Settlers of Catan and Spades!
Come say hi, my office is in the youth department on the 2nd floor.
Playaways are an awesome way to read on the go! They are small enough to fit in your pocket and are battery powered so they can be taken anywhere! Try out this relaxing way to “read” the books you love!