Mugglefest: The Final Chapter will take over Norman Friday with a daylong celebration of the Harry Potter book series and all of its characters, beloved and hated alike.
Hundreds are expected to converge on the library, 225 N. Webster Ave., Norman, and the surrounding area for a busy day of activities in one of the biggest Harry Potter events in this region of the country.
This is the third time for the library to host MuggleFest, which is a celebration of all things Potter, from costumes and characters to music and magic.
The afternoon and evening will be filled with programs, not just throughout the library but also around downtown Norman.
Librarians and volunteers will recreate characters from the academy, like Sybill Trelawney, Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape, who for the first time at a MuggleFest will be headmaster of the school.
The characters will lead classes throughout the afternoon on their specialties in sections of the library cordoned off and decorated to take participants into the pages of the books.
The library’s Lowry Room also will be transformed into a bustling village. Guests can enjoy activities ranging from fortune telling to the Hog’s Head Pub to the popular Wand Shoppe.
Guests will be able to take part in activities by spending galleons (gold coins) throughout the village and other locations in the library.
The galleons are available by bringing a copy of The Norman Warbler, a special newspaper published the week of the event, or picking up a copy of the newspaper at the Warbler’s office in Hogsmeade Village the day of MuggleFest.
Other activities include a demonstration of the mythical sport of Quidditch, a Horcrux Hunt and a “Wrock Concert” finale at the Historic Sooner Theatre in downtown Norman.
The seven-book Harry Potter series began with “Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone” in 1997 and wrapped up with “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” in July 2007. Several movies based on the books have been released, with the movie “HP7,” the second half of a two-part movie over the final book, due to be released July 15.
Each of the books in the series are available as part of the collection of the Pioneer Library System, which operates nine branch libraries in Cleveland, McClain and Pottawatomie counties, as well as online services for customers through its Virtual Library collection.
Sponsors for MuggleFest: The Final Chapter are Hall of Tattoos, the Norman Arts Council, Native Roots Market, Round the House Consignment, Norman Downtowners Association, OG&E, Republic Bank and Trust, Sooner Theatre, Panda Garden, Pei Wei, Norman Regional Health System, First American Bank, the Norman Music Institute, Raven Feathers, Friends of the Norman Library and the Pioneer Library System.
The event is inspired by the book series by J.K. Rowling, although it is not endorsed, sanctioned, or any other way supported, directly or indirectly, by Warner Bros. Entertainment, the Harry Potter book publishers, or J.K. Rowling and her representatives.
For more information on MuggleFest, or on any of the programs, activities and services offered at the Norman Public Library, call 701-2600 or go online to www.justsoyouknow.us/norman.