Meet the Real Harry Potter

August 3, 2007

I recently posted about Harry Potter Mania.  Like many others, I’ve long awaited the new book and the new movie.  But one gentleman is experience the mania like no one else.  Who is he?  Meet Mr. Harry Potter.

Harry PotterThe Washington Post has found a real Harry Potter.  And he lives in Zaleski, Ohio of all places.

The 79-year-old takes his accidental fame in stride, graciously field phone calls and visits from children wanting to meet a real Harry Potter.

The story itself would have been more interesting in the gentle was a fan of J.K. Rowling’s books.  But the retiree has yet to found time to pursue the popular novels.

But at least the guy will never be without an idea for a Halloween costume.

(Photo by Murray Close, Courtesy of MSNBC)

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Harry Potter Mania

July 17, 2007

Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsAre you or your children huge Harry Potter fans?  Have you already seen Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix a half dozen times?  Are you counting down the days until the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows?  Well, here are a few fun activities you and/or your children can fill the minutes until the release of the latest novel.

Find Your Midnight Party — Use Scholastic’s Midnight Party Finder to find the nearest Midnight Party for you to join in on the Potter Mania on July 21.  Don’t forget to reserve your book ahead of time to ensure you get your copy.

Harry Potter IQ — Test your knowledge of the Harry Potter franchise with this USA Today quiz.

Harry Potter Character Quiz — Take this Family Fun quiz to find out which Harry Potter Character you are most like.

Write Your Own EndingUSA Today gives readers a chance to write their own ending to the Harry Potter saga.  Give it a shot and see how close you come to Rowling’s vision of the final Harry Potter book.

Howlers — Send a Howler to your friends (or foes).  The Bloomsbury site also offers Owlers for when you want to be nice.

Wizard Crafts — Check out Family Fun‘s High Flying Wizard Fun to learn to make your own Chocolate Frogs (no wizard card included).  Or make your own wand.  You don’t even need a phoenix feather.

Pronunciation Guide — Learn how to properly pronounce Harry Potter terminology with Scholastic’s pronunciation guide.

Harry’s Spellbook — Brush up on your spells with kidsreads.com.

Well hope these activities can keep you busy for the next couple of days.  If you’ve found another cool Harry Potter activity list it in the comments below.  See you in line on the 21st.