Category Archives: Harry Potter

January 9, 2014

Happy Birthday, Professor Snape

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January 9 is Severus Snape’s birthday!

While I am very happy I never actually had a teacher as mean as Professor Snape, I am a HUGE Snape fan. I won’t give away any spoilers in case you haven’t finished the Harry Potter series yet, but Snape’s story is so tragic and heroic. I just love him! Happy Birthday, Professor! SnapeQuoteAre you a fan of Professor Snape? Leave your birthday wishes in the Comments.

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Image courtesy of Warner Bros.

December 18, 2013

Harry Potter Book Club Meeting 2

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StacksBookClubSTACKS Book Club: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Welcome back to the magical STACKS Book Club! What an amazing ending to J. K. Rowling’s, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone! This book is filled with so many villains, so many friends, and so much magic, I hardly know where to begin. We’re always welcoming new members, so whether you joined Meeting 1 or this is your first time, please join the conversation!HP1_KK

  • What type of mischief would you get into if you had an invisibility cloak?
  • Would you be afraid of entering the forbidden forest?
  • Hagrid’s giant, three-headed dog is named Fluffy. If you had a three-headed dog, what would you name it?
  • What would your reaction be if you discovered your friend was raising a baby dragon?
  • What obstacle would you be best at completing: catching a winged key, winning a game of chess, or solving a riddle and drinking the correct potion?
  • What would you be thinking if you were face to face with Voldemort?

Post your answers in the Comments below and ask your own questions to the STACKS Book Club! To meet and chat with other Harry Potter fans, join the Harry Potter Message Boards.

–Brian, STACKS Staffer

December 16, 2013

Harry Potter in Real Life!

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harry potter irl 1“Do you know where Platform 9 3/4 is?”

Here at the STACKS we love all things Harry Potter-related. (Check out our Harry Potter Book Club, and get a load of these awesome stamps.) So when we heard about “Harry Potter in Real Life,” we flipped.

Improv Everywhere—a super-cool group that gets ordinary people to pull massive, hilarious pranks—dressed up an 11-year-old actor as Harry Potter on his way to Hogwarts and let him loose in New York City’s Penn Station. He wandered around, suitcases, ticket, and caged Hedwig in tow, asking passengers and transit workers for directions to Platform 9¾. Some people were confused, but mostly people laughed and smiled and tried to help the Boy Who Lived as best they could. Strangers tried to help Harry to check his luggage, get Hedwig something to eat, and somehow find his way to Hogwarts.

harry potter irl 2After unsuccessfully trying to run through platform 9, learning he was unable to pay for things using wizard currency, and taking (many!) photos with fans, Harry gave up on his quest and went home. While it’s sad that our hero never did locate the Hogwarts Express, he nonetheless provided a very memorable afternoon for the people at Penn Station!

What do you think of this prank? What would YOU have said if Harry Potter approached you in a train station and asked you for directions? We’d love to know—share in the Comments below! Wanna talk more Harry Potter? Hop on over to our Harry Potter Message Boards to chat with other fans!

– En-Szu, STACKS Staffer

Photo credit: Arin Sang-urai

December 12, 2013

Harry Potter Postage Stamps

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harry-potter-stamps130This makes me want to send a Hogwarts letter to everyone I know!

A set of 20 Harry Potter stamps is now available at post offices all across the U.S. Think of all the things you could do with them!

  • Decorate your locker or notebooks.
  • Paste them onto wooden sticks and make Harry Potter paper dolls. Then reenact all your favorite scenes.
  • Add them to the Harry Potter shrine currently set up in your room.
  • Send Hogwarts letters to your friends! (“We are pleased to inform you that you have a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.”)
  • Send YOURSELF a Hogwarts letter (because you know you want one, and wouldn’t it be a secret thrill to actually get one via Muggle post with a Harry Potter stamp on it??)
  • Or you could just send, you know, holiday cards.


Tell us in the Comments which one is your favorite, if it’s even possible to have a favorite, and what you would do with your Harry Potter postage stamps.
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December 4, 2013

Harry Potter Book Club

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StacksBookClubSTACKS Book Club: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

The STACKS Book Club is back with a magical new book. This month, we’re reading J.K. Rowling’s classic tale of witchcraft and wizardry, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Whether you’re reading Harry for the first time or the hundredth time, this book about a boy who discovers he’s a wizard is one you just can’t put down!

So grab a copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, read the official discussion questions HP1_KKbelow, and then head to the Comments below to start chatting!

  • What would your reaction be if Hagrid arrived at your house and said that you were a wizard?
  • Would you be scared to run into the magical wall at Platform 9 ¾?
  • What house would the Sorting Hat place you in? When the Sorting Hat was on your head, what would it say to you before you were sorted?
  • If you joined your house Quidditch team, what position would you like to play?
  • What spell would you want to learn first at Hogwarts?
  • What would be your favorite class to take?

Post your answers in the Comments below and also ask your own questions to the STACKS Book Club!

–Brian, STACKS Staffer

September 19, 2013

Best Hermione Quotes

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hermione130_GrandPreBest Hermione Granger Quotes

Happy Birthday, Hermione! September 19 is Hermione Granger’s birthday, and we absolutely love her and put together a list of our all-time favorite quotes. Here they are in chronological order:

  1. “I’ve learned all the course books by heart of course. I just hope it will be enough – I’m Hermione Granger, by the way, who are you?” Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  2. “I hope you’re pleased with yourselves. We could all have been killed – or worse, expelled. Now if you don’t mind, I’m going to bed.” Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  3. “Harry — I think I’ve just understood something! I’ve got to go to the library!” Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  4. “Just because it’s taken you three years to notice, Ron, doesn’t mean no one else has spotted I’m a girl!” Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  5. “Excuse me but I don’t like people just because they are handsome.” Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  6. “All those poor elves I haven’t set free yet, having to stay over during Christmas because there aren’t enough hats!” Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  7. “Ron,” said Hermione in a dignified voice, “you are the most insensitive wart I have ever had the misfortune to meet.” Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  8. “Just because you’ve got the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn’t mean we all have.” (to Ron, of course) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  9. “What are you doing with all those books anyway?” Ron asked.
    “Just trying to decide which ones to take with us,” said Hermione, “when we’re looking for the Horcruxes.”
    “Oh, of course,” said Ron, clapping a hand to his forehead. “I forgot we’ll be hunting down Voldemort in a mobile library.”  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Are your favorite quotes on this list? Add your own in the Comments, and take the Hermione Trivia Quiz and Hermione Would You Rather Quiz.

September 12, 2013

J.K. Rowling is Writing a Movie!

Posted by at 4:56 am in Harry Potter, Movies & TV | Permalink

Today, J.K. Rowling announced on her website that she is writing a screenplay for a new film series that will take place in the expanded Harry Potter universe and is inspired by Harry Potter’s textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The movie series is said to focus on the book’s author, Newt Scamander. I thought I wouldn’t see the magical world of Harry Potter on the big screen after The Deathly Hallows Part 2, but boy, was I wrong!

J.K. Rowling explains more below:

“It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning Fantastic Beasts and fantasticBeasts_Where to Find Them into a film. I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of Fantastic Beasts, realized by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.

As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.

Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.

. . . I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.”

I’m so incredibly excited! J.K. Rowling is returning to the world of Harry Potter again! We don’t know yet when the first movie will come out or which stars will be in it, but I can hardly wait! What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the Comments below or head over to the Harry Potter Message Boards to continue the discussion!

image from kids.scholastic.comBrian, STACKS Writer (a.k.a. BlackBird268)

July 31, 2013

Harry Potter Final Book Cover is Unveiled!

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Harry Potter Final Book Cover is Unveiled!

Fans, young and old, bristled with excitement as they gathered at the Scholastic Store in New York City on Harry Potter’s birthday for the unveiling of the new cover of The Deathly Hallows, the final cover illustration by Kazu Kibuishi.

Fans draped themselves in costumes and formed a line that ran out the door of the Scholastic Store and onto Broadway. Attire ranged from the traditional robes of a Hogwarts student to a Sirius Black costume with a “Wanted” poster and all.


Fans of all ages lined up early to get a sneak peak at the final cover by Kazu, including a trio dressed as Hermione Granger, Professor Sybill Trelawney, and a Gryffindor student.

While the three friends loved the classic covers, they’re also excited for Kazu’s final illustration. They believe since the books are so well known, the covers can delve deeper into the story of each book. As Jessica put it, who was dressed as Hermione, “It’s just a good excuse to get dressed up.”


Still, many new fans turned out to see the latest Harry Potter cover, including Cameron, a 7-year-old boy from New York. Cameron just finished reading The Sorcerer’s Stone this summer and came dressed as a Slytherin student with the hopes of seeing the latest book cover. His favorite character? Harry Potter, of course.

Before long, the crowd was allowed into the store and gathered around the spot where the book unveiling was to take place. However, those in attendance were greeted with several surprises, including Kazu Kibuishi himself!


Kibuishi spoke to his fans and shared his favorite memory about creating the Harry Potter covers.

“It was actually painting The Goblet of Fire. It was one of the hardest covers to paint actually. I was finishing it right around the time of the Academy Awards and everyone else was at home watching the awards show. I’ve never missed it once, you know, I’m just a film fan. And I was working that night on the cover, and it was a late night and I was on my own, and it was just me and Harry and the world. And it felt really special to be able to be there in that place when the rest of the world was somewhere so far away.”

And then came the big reveal! Here’s Kazu Kibuishi’s final book cover!kazu

Then Kazu spoke about his inspiration for The Deathly Hallows book cover.

“I felt the final cover should be about the main, the core friends within the story and I sort of saw it as the last ride they would have. So I was looking for a moment where it felt kind of felt like that. So that is why I chose the scene that you can see here. And it’s also a tribute to the original cover. I actually wanted to maintain some of the same color palette, the color palette that Mary GrandPré had decided to use and so it was a tribute to her work as well as to the story itself.”

Kazu and the Harry Potter team had one last surprise about the spines of the new book covers. When all seven of the new books are placed side by side, the bindings will reveal the following image.


It’s Hogwarts, as painted by Kazu himself! Kazu then described his inspiration for this amazing painting.

“It’s meant to depict them actually going there for the first time. And I thought if you’re going to look at the books from the spine, then I want to replicate the feeling of being in the boat and journeying out into that world.”

After the unveiling, fans who stuck around could build wands . . .


. . . or spend time with some live magical creatures!


All in all, what a magical day and a beautiful cover for The Deathly Hallows. What do you think? Do you love the latest Harry Potter cover? Leave your thoughts in the Comments below!

image from kids.scholastic.comBrian, STACKS Writer (a.k.a. BlackBird268)

July 31, 2013

Harry Potter Birthday Activities

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Harry Potter Birthday Activities

July 31 is Harry Potter’s birthday, and we are all about celebrating the boy who lived! If you think it is strange to celebrate a fictional character’s birthday, then you obviously have not read the Harry Potter books. Go read them, now! Just kidding. I know you guys totally don’t think this is strange at all! I know you are throwing confetti at this very moment and eating a cupcake in Harry’s honor. Here are some other ways to celebrate the wonderful day of Harry’s (fictional) birth!

  • Click on the links to see the new Harry Potter book covers by illustrator, Kazu Kibuishi: Book 1, Book 2, Books 3-5, Book 6, Book 7
  • Take the Harry Potter Personality Quiz from PurpleWizard50. (The results are at the bottom of this post.)
  • You know you’re a Harry Potter fan when ________. (Fill in the blank.)
  • Take the Harry Potter Birthday Quiz.
  • Test your Harry Potter Movie Trivia.
  • Meet new friends on the Harry Potter Message Boards.
  • Solve these Harry Potter Word Scrambles, courtesy of BubblyBookworm12!
    Easy: 1) RARYH 2) ONR 3) CIAMG
    For the answers, visit the STACK Back Message Board.
  • Solve more Harry Potter Word Scrambles from EpicBookworm16! (For the answers, visit STACK Back Message Board.)
    1. awdizr 2. eriomhen 3. ghwtaosr 4. awdn 5. nseap 6. qiichdtud 7. cgami 8. umdelboedr 9. iussir 10. ardihg
  • And finally, your Harry Potter Personality Quiz Results!
    MOSTLY A’s: You are HARRY POTTER. You are not afraid to stand up for your loved ones’ rights and easily trust people you think are trustworthy. You might not be the smartest wizard, but you sure are the bravest.
    MOSTLY B’s: You are RONALD WEASLEY. Most people may not realize it, but you are very loyal. You have a good sense of humor, but are also very stubborn sometimes. You don’t have a very short temper, but when you do lose it, no one really knows what you’ll do!
    MOSTLY C’s: You are HERMIONE GRANGER. You are smart, practical, and quick to think of ideas even in dangerous situations. Sometimes, though, you can get a little full of yourself and bossy.
    MOSTLY D’s: You are FRED/GEORGE WEASLEY. You are funny, and a troublemaker. You love playing pranks on your enemies… and friends. You are very clever, but if only you would use it in studies and not always make trouble!

Happy birthday, Harry!! We love you!!!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

July 30, 2013

Harry Potter Personality Quiz

Harry Potter Personality Quiz

Today’s Personality Quiz comes from PurpleWizard50, and it’s just in time to celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday tomorrow! Answer these questions to find out which character from the series you are most like. Then come back tomorrow to find your results and to join in Harry’s birthday bash!

  1. You had a huge fight with your best friend last night. Today, you are walking down the hall when you see him/her getting bullied. You… a) Stand up for him/her. b) Walk on and pretend that you didn’t notice. c) Start reading about defense strategies so that you are never in that situation. d) Play a wicked prank on the bully but never acknowledge it.
  2. Voldemort gives you a choice: Either you are hurt and he lets your loved ones be safe, or all your loved ones are hurt and you are safe. What do you do? a) You fight him. b) You get hurt. c) You cry and cry and let your loved ones get hurt. d) Use that darkness powder, escape and change your identity.
  3. If your best friend got hypnotized and is trying to hurt you, what would you do? a) Find out who did it and punish them. b) Try to make him/her snap out of it. c) Use a spell to make your best friend stop. d) Review your favorite pranks so that s/he remembers that she was your best friend.
  4. Favorite spell? a) Expelliarmus! b) I don’t really know that many. c) All of them!!! d) All that are associated with pranks and tricks!

HOPE YOU GUYS LIKED THE QUIZ! Click here to celebrate Harry’s birthday and find out your results!