1. How lovely, to be lost
    as you are now
    in someone else’s thoughts
    an imagined world
    of witchcraft, wizardry and clans
    that takes you in so utterly
    all the ceaseless background noise
    of life’s insistent pull and drag soon fades
    and you are left, a young boy
    captured in attention’s undivided daze,
    as I was once
    when books defined a world
    no trouble could yet penetrate
    or others spoil, or regret stain,
    when, between covers, under covers,
    all is safe and sure
    and each Odysseus makes it home again
    and every transformation is to bird or bush
    or to a star atwinkle in some firmament of light,
    or to a club that lets you, and all others, in.
    Oh, how I wish for you
    that life may let you turn and turn
    these pages, in whose spell
    time is frozen, as is pain and fright and loss
    before you’re destined to be lost again
    in that disordered and distressing book
    your life will write for you and cannot change.

    — "For My Son, Reading Harry Potter" by Michael Blumenthal (via thelifeguardlibrarian)

  2. Friday, October 10* is the ninth anniversary of the Harry Potter Alliance, an organization whose mission statement revolves around using the personal, cultural, and political impact of storytelling to do real-world good. Their annual fundraising efforts are going on as we speak. The fact that an organization founded in the height of Harry Potter mania is still going strong years after Deathly Hallows, Part 2 hit theaters and supposedly ended an era is a testament to what it means to be a contemporary die-hard Harry Potter fan. We haven’t gone anywhere, we’ve simply expanded our interests. Now we’re arguing about which Hogwarts house Katniss Everdeen would be in; we’re still trying to solve Rowling’s anagrams; we’re race-bending the series on tumblr. A study this year told us that Harry Potter’s made us more tolerant, but that’s something we’ve known for years — it’s embedded in the millennial relationship to social justice.

    Harry Potter is personal — it’s an anchor, something that’s gotten a lot of people through a lot of really shitty situations. It’s cultural — that part’s obvious enough. It’s political — isn’t everything? I’ve loved Harry Potter for over half my life, and the Harry Potter Alliance’s ninth anniversary is just serving to remind me: This isn’t over. I’m not even sure something like this is capable of ending.

    — 

    Harry Potter’s Impact is Personal & Political, And It’s Not Ending Anytime Soon by HPA volunteer Alanna Bennett for Bustle. (via thehpalliance)

    The power of one book and one chraacter to change lives. Happy Anniversary, Harry Potter Alliance!

  3. fetchingreads:

    These are beautiful. Mary Grandpre is an artistic genius!

    (Source: the--boy--who---lived)

  4. Happy Birthday, Harry Potter! 34 Quotes To Celebrate JK Rowling’s Birthday →

  5. schrodingerstriceratops:

    dream job: librarian at Hogwarts.

    Happy Birthday, Harry Potter (July 31, 1980)  and J.K. Rowling (July 31, 1965)!

  6. bookoisseur:

    accioslothsplease:

    JK Rowling’s new update about Harry, Ron, Hermione, and friends.

    It was quite fun

    Whooo! Whoo! A Harry Potter Story.

  7. Harry Potter fans win a contest to name 'soul-sucking' wasp after Dementors →

  8. Librarian Job Posting Has Specific Harry Potter Requirements →

    Interesting responses on LJ's Facebook page. Is the job description  clever or playing into a tired stereotype?
    • Unfortunate stereotype. There aren’t many like her anymore.
    • Sounds as if they want a qualified librarian, but with actual people skills (in which Madam Pince was somewhat lacking).
    • In fairness, Madame Pince’s collection was far more dangerous than just “radical” ideas. They could explode, eat people. Or the spells in them, too advanced for most students, could ‘cause physical harm or death to the caster or others. If students wanted a forbidden spell, they should’ve done like Muggles and used the internet.

  9. Knit Beyond Socks: Book-Based Inspirations →

    As coeditors Linda Roghaar and Molly Wolf have illustrated in their books KnitLit and KnitLit (too) and as Interweave’s popular Jane Austen Knits attest, there are exponential pleasures when knitting and reading are combined. Here are five titles that link the companionship of characters to the creative outlet of knitting—all of which invite displays that link both together.

    Neal Wyatt’s latest column will knock your socks off. And yes, Harry Potter fans, there’s a knitting book for you too!

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    (Source: addtoany.com)

  10. Harry Potter film universe to return with Fantastic Beasts series →

    The Harry Potter films will live again. According to Variety, Warner Bros, the studio behind the Potter films, is working on a new feature series in conjunction with author JK Rowling, based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first-year textbook that Potter uses at Hogwarts school in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

  11. booksdirect:

Harry Potter Special Edition box set.

Excuse me while I blubber.

    booksdirect:

    Harry Potter Special Edition box set.

    Excuse me while I blubber.

    (Source: ifreakinlovebooks)

  12. YER A WIZARD HARRY

  13. jackrad:

waiting4beckett:

Always weed horcruxes.

gawd, i hate it when ppl try to return horcruxes to the library, it’s really a hassel to have to run around tracking down magical objects to destroy them with and i would feel really irresponsible just sending them to the friends of the library, undestroyed, for the book sale.

    jackrad:

    waiting4beckett:

    Always weed horcruxes.

    gawd, i hate it when ppl try to return horcruxes to the library, it’s really a hassel to have to run around tracking down magical objects to destroy them with and i would feel really irresponsible just sending them to the friends of the library, undestroyed, for the book sale.

    (Source: englishproblems)

  14. Before I begin my Defense of Draco, I’d like to make clear that we’re talking about post-Hallows Draco here. Because we’re not perverts. And because, frankly, nobody at Hogwarts made good boyfriend material during the war.

    — 

    Eleanor & Park buzz author Rainbow Rowell in a hilarious guest post on fictional boyfriends over at Cloud librarian Ryann Ulden’s blog, The Land of Lost Books. (via cloudunbound)

    I love this.

  15. schoollibraryjournal:

“I wanted to pay tribute to the series itself and to classic literature. I wanted to take those two things and fuse them together. In a way, the first Harry Potter cover should feel like Dickens.” -Kazu Kibuishi, A New Look for Harry Potter
What do you think?

    schoollibraryjournal:

    “I wanted to pay tribute to the series itself and to classic literature. I wanted to take those two things and fuse them together. In a way, the first Harry Potter cover should feel like Dickens.” -Kazu Kibuishi, A New Look for Harry Potter

    What do you think?