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DeKalb Library's Harry Potter Party kicking off early

Library event will be on TV program

DeKALB – Fans of the Harry Potter series may have to rise a bit early to attend a party based on the books at the DeKalb Public Library. 

The doors for the "pre-party" will open at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at the library, 309 Oak St. in DeKalb. The festivities will begin at 8 a.m. The party will mirror a much longer party taking place later in the afternoon. 

Edith Craig, the library's communications manager, said the party is being held early because Good Day Chicago is planning to be there to film it. The weekday morning newscast is a segment on Fox 32 News. 

The news program became interested in the party once they came across a national press release about it from U.S. publishing company Scholastic. Representatives from Scholastic contacted the library and told them Good Day Chicago wanted to cover their story, she said.

"We were thrilled," Craig said. 

Almost every activity happening in the afternoon party will happen in the early morning party, with the exception of the House Cup Trivia Tournament and the Horcrux Hunt. The Northern Illinois University Quidditch team will also not make an appearance at that time, she said. 

Still, Potter fans and members of the public might want consider going anyways. 

"They'll have an opportunity to see themselves on TV," Craig said. 

The DeKalb library became one of 15 libraries across the nation to win party materials from Scholastic to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the U.S. release of the first of many Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling. The first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, will be released with a new cover on the day of the party.

The Harry Potter Party will begin at 3:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Library. Attendees can expect a decorations based on scenes from the book along with games, snacks, a potions class and a photo opportunity with "Harry Potter" himself. 

For information, visit the DeKalb Public Library's website at or call 815-756-9568. 

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