Participants in the Wednesday afternoon meeting of the Harry Potter Club at the Wadsworth Public Library are invited to have their picture taken with Harry Potter Wanted Posters and then to create one of their own.
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WADSWORTH — Talk of Sirius Black, Bellatrix Lestrange and Harry Potter filled the air in an upstairs room at Wadsworth Public Library.
The Harry Potter Club, which convened for its monthly meeting Wednesday afternoon, is open to ages 9-14. Participants do everything from Harry Potter trivia games, to arts and crafts projects, and discussion of the book series by J.K. Rowling.
“We have been doing it now for a few years and we usually have a pretty good following,” said Nicole Moore, who handles youth programming at the library.
“Today we are discussing the book ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,’ ” Moore said.
The book, the third in the series published in 1999, chronicles the adventures of Harry, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley and Sirius Black, who has escaped from the prison for wizards.
Moore told the group of six participants about the history of wanted posters, which have a prominent role in the book and film adaptation of “Prisoner of Azkaban.”
“We talked a little bit about the history of wanted posters and then they will get to take a fun photo with some props to make themselves look like they are a Prisoner of Azkaban,” Moore said.
Kianna Mcewen, 13, of Norton, said she enjoys being able to discuss Harry Potter with others who have an interest in the books.
“I love Harry Potter so much, and being around other people who love Harry Potter,” Kianna said. “My family doesn’t, so I can talk about it (here).
Kianna said has attended Harry Potter Club meetings in the past, and especially enjoys playing the trivia games.
She said her favorite book in the seven-part series is the second-to-last installment, “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince,” published in 2005.
“I’d have to say I like the sixth book the best,” she said.
Emily Hall, of Wadsworth, also is a Harry Potter fan, and said she decided to come to the meeting because she didn’t have anything else going on during the cold and snowy afternoon.
She said her favorite book in the series is “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” because it goes beyond the walls of Hogwarts and features a competition with other schools for witches and wizards.
“It shows the other wizarding schools around the world,” Emily said.
The Harry Potter Club meets the first Wednesday of the month during the school year. The next meeting will be 4-5 p.m. March 7 at the library, 132 Broad St. Moore said those attending in March will be able to design and paint their own “patronus” charm.
For information or to register, call (330) 335-1295.
Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at (330) 721-4050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.