Today, we’re celebrating a slightly unusual birthday. July 31, 1980 was the birth date of Harry Potter, one of the most famous wizard characters of all time. The Harry Potter series has been enormously popular since the release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in 1997 and continued to gain fans of all ages with the release of each book in the series.
Even the most reluctant of readers has been drawn in to the series; the books are suspenseful but funny and feature a battle between good and evil. There are love interests and life lessons, all taking place in a school setting in a rich, magical world that a lot of us wish that we could experience. Within the pages, author J.K. Rowling teaches us that bravery comes in many forms, true friendships are of the utmost importance and heartbreak may be inevitable, but true love lasts forever.
If you know what Hogwarts House you belong to, read about transfiguration, and wish you could try out for the Quidditch team, grab your wand and celebrate today with one of these Harry Potter-themed books.
The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook by Dinah Bucholz
Have you ever wished you could have a feast worthy of Hogwarts? With this book, you’ll whip up treacle tart, Molly’s meat pies, and more!
The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter by Jamie Harrington
Magic-inspired crafts for home, school, and more, no magic wand required!
How has reading Harry Potter influenced your life? This collection of essays explores how the series has shaped a generation’s views of their world.