Both Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling celebrated a birthday today (July 31), turning 32 (yes, he was born in 1980) and 47, respectively. You can celebrate by checking out the HP exhibit at the Central Arkansas Library System Main Library. The exhibit, which wraps up Aug. 11, is focused on the potions, people, plants, and animals of his world. White it’s relatively small (only six informative panels and some HP-related odds and ends, as well as some Potter-centric drinks and snacks next door at the Cox Creative Center’s Bookends Cafe), true fans will enjoy reading about the historical side of Rowling’s series.
Two friends accompanied me on my trip to the exhibit, and while we were a bit disappointed about its small scale, I later realized that it didn’t matter much to me. Die-hard fans will take all they can get, and having the educational exhibition at the library was enough for me.
For HP-loving kids, teens, and adults alike, the Main Library will be hosting a range of Potter events until the end of the exhibit, including a screening of the final two movies ("Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" parts 1 and 2), wand-crafting, a wizard cooking class, and a lecture on medieval magic. (Adults with even the slightest interest in the medieval will want to make this lecture, by Dr. Laura Smoller, at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 7.) The exhibition concludes with a Harry Potter party on Aug. 11. To find out more about the exhibit and specific dates for the events, go here.