Join the library for Harry Potter marathon weekend

This weekend, the librarians at your Cordova library have dreamed up a fantastical weekend of Harry Potter fun and magic. You can join in for some or all of the events!

Harry Potter is a series of fantasy novels written by British author J. K. Rowling. The novels chronicle the life of a young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The main story arc concerns Harry’s struggle against Lord Voldemort, a dark wizard who intends to become immortal, overthrow the wizard governing body known as the Ministry of Magic, and subjugate all wizards and muggles, a reference term that means non-magical people.

Since the release of the first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on June 26, 1997 the books have found immense popularity, critical acclaim and commercial success worldwide. They have attracted a wide adult audience as well as younger readers, and are now often considered cornerstones of modern young adult literature.

The series has also had its share of criticism, including concern about the increasingly dark tone as the series progressed, as well as the often gruesome and graphic violence it depicts.

As of May 2013, the books have sold more than 500 million copies worldwide, making them the best-selling book series in history, and have been translated into 73 languages. The last four books consecutively set records as the fastest-selling books in history, with the final installment selling roughly 11 million copies in the United States within 24 hours of its release.

The success of the books and films has ensured that the Harry Potter franchise continues to expand, with numerous derivative works, a travelling exhibition that premiered in Chicago in 2009, and most recently, themed attractions, collectively known as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, have been built at several Universal Parks & Resorts amusement parks around the world.

The Cordova Public Library is open:

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and closed Mondays.

Join us for activities for young and old at your library:

No Pokemon Club on Oct. 31.

Teen Art at 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1.

After School Art at 3-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27

Seniors, Books and Coffee: New books, new brain games at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. Must be over 50 to attend.