A night of spells

Can we ever be surrounded by too much Harry Potter? Book Publisher Bloomsbury designated 4 February as the date for Harry Potter Book Night – a chance for fans of all ages to pass on the magic of Harry Potter to young readers. The theme for 2016 theme is A Night of Spells  because whether it is the disarming Expelliarmus or the dreaded Avada Kedavra, we all know that spells are at the very heart of the Harry Potter books.

The first Harry Potter Book Night was held on 4 February 2015, with a reported 10,500 parties and celebrations held all over the world.  My local library is well into it for 2016 and their events are booked out. Anything that gets young readers in libraries and reading gets my support though I am a bit intrigued as to the choice of date.

It has been suggested that Harry Potter Day should fall on July 31, the birthday of both Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling. Still others argue 2 May is the main day as it is the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts (May 2, 1998) at which time Voldemort was finally defeated by Harry, thus ending the Second Wizarding War.  Potterheeads are also keen on 31 October, which marks the end of the First Wizarding War (October 31, 1981) and the first defeat of Voldemort and his Death Eaters by an infant Harry and the original Order of the Phoenix. This is too much – it’s making my head spin at a time when I am still sad over the passing of Alan Rickman.

I have chosen an eclectic Harry Potter Wrap. The paper showcases Harryesque glasses and his distinctive mark, the sticker features the official Harry Potter Book Night logo offset with a flipped ribbon in midnight purple. I love the spell like glitter background…glitter to the rescue! The flipped ribbon look is one I am seeing a lot of in retailing – just a single piece of ribbon twisted over itself (in the shape of a cause ribbon) and secured by a sticker. Give it a try – eye interest without the full flourish of a full bow.

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