20 Years of Harry Potter

Can you believe it? Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (or Sorceror’s, if you got the American copy) was published 20 years ago this June. It seems like it can’t have been that long — but 20th anniversary celebrations are popping up all around the world. Here are just a few things happening this year in celebration!


Liverpool: Butterbeer and movies at HUS


Liverpool bar HUS will be having another (yes, another — they’re long-time fans) Harry Potter fest today to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first book’s publication. A screening of the first film will be had, and there will be butterbeer for all. If you’d like something a little stronger, there will also be cocktails themed to the characters and places in the series.


Illinois: Bartlett Library’s Month-Long Events Calender


There’s no shortage of things to do if you’re in the Bartlett area. The library’s calendar of Potter-themed events includes a wide array of events for school-age fans, including movie screenings, a lock-in, trivia, potions class, and wand-making. They’re looking out for adult fans, too — there’s a pub trivia quiz and paper crafts. And for the writers among you, there’s a fanfic contest! More details on the full list of events are available here.


Worldwide: The Wizarding World Book Club


If you’re looking for an excuse to re-read the series, here it is! Bloomsbury and Scholastic are joining forces with Pottermore to launch the Wizarding World Book Club, a free online book club dedicated to reading (or re-reading) the entire series and discussing it online. You’ll need to grab a free Pottermore account to join, but it’ll also have a social media side. You can even get rewards for participating! Check out the official announcement so you can be ready when it opens.


Maryland: PotterVerse!

Harry Potter Convention Baltimore Maryland 2017 flyers


Okay, this is probably a given… but we’re so proud to be launching our con in such an important and memorable year! And we may not be in June, but we’re ready to keep the party going into fall with guests, cosplay, dances, panels, and more. And we’d love to see you there! Check out our full list of guests, and register now to get in on the fun!

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