Celebrating the ‘boy wizard’

Harry Potter had a very nice 39th birthday party on July 31 in Plainview's Wedgewood Park.
A large cast of mysterious characters sprang from the pages of the 'Harry Potter' books to make sure of it.
You had Fawkes the Phoenix, with the huge wings, helping kids make magical charms on the lovely summer evening, and Professor Trelawney, who foretold the future of several youngsters, in no uncertain terms.
Over here was ghostly 'Moaning Myrtle,' all the way from Hogwarts Academy. And there's Nymphadora Tonks, who catches bad guys.
"Or directs traffic, as the case may be," said Tonks' alias, Meg Curtiss, by day the children's librarian at the Plainview Public Library.
Kids flocked to play Quidditch, a game resembling a blend of soccer, dodge ball and basketball. And they lined up for free butter beer (root beer floats), served up by Madame Rosmeta (librarian Alice Henderson).
"It's just been so neat to see so many families come out," Madame said. "We're celebrating literature, we're having fun. We love when we can support learning amongst ages."
"I think that this party is awesome," said Thea Pitkin, 10, of Plainview, who created a Ravenclaw charm with the help of Fawkes the Phoenix.
Thea said she has seen all the Harry Potter movies, and plans to read the books regarding the boy wizard.
"They're all magical," she said. "And I like magic."
They say Harry Potter was born July 31, 1980 in Godric's Hollow, UK. Curiously, that's also the birthday of his creator, British author J.K. Rowling, though she was born in 1965 at Yate General Hospital near Bristol.

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