A magical birthday celebration for Harry Potter

Lisa Goudy
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Lucy Wattam, summer programmer at the Moose Jaw Public Library, reads the story, The Wizard and the Hopping Pot, from Tales of Beetle the Bard during a Harry Potter party at the library on Harry's birthday on July 31, 2014.

Harry Potter is famous. As the boy who lived, he has endured, he has overcome, he has lost and he has won. Here are five fun facts about the Harry Potter world.

1. July 31, 2014 marked Harry’s 34th birthday as he was born in 1980. Author J.K. Rowling, born in 1966, turned 49 on the same day. In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, a 12-year-old Harry, along with his friends, celebrated Nearly Headless Nick’s 500th anniversary of his death day, which was Oct. 31, 1492.

2. Moose Jaw, Sask. is home to a Canadian Quidditch team called the Moose Jaw Meteorites. First appearing in Quidditch Through the Ages, in the 1970s, the team was threatened with disbandment because they constantly did victory flights over close towns with fiery sparks coming from their brooms. That breached the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy.  The team does the same thing in the pitch at the end of the game and those games are now a tourist attraction.

3. In the official Quidditch rules, there are 700 fouls. In the year 1473, all 700 fouls were committed in one Quidditch World Cup match.

4. Photographs in the Harry Potter world also move because of a potion. The magic potion is used in developing photographs. This potion is what causes them to move.

5. Young wizards get on the Hogwarts Express at King’s Cross Station. That station is where J.K. Rowling’s parents met. They met on the train on their way to Arbroath in Scotland.

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Organizations: Moose Jaw Public Library

Geographic location: Canada

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