July 07, 2017
Big Blue Marble Bookstore in Mount Airy will host a "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" weekend at the end of July. There will be free activities for a range of ages.
"Fantastic Beasts," a spinoff of the "Harry Potter" film series, follows the adventures of Newt Scamander in 1926 New York City. It was produced and written by J.K. Rowling and was inspired by her 2001 book of the same name.
Below is the schedule of events, including a movie screening and discussion of the wizarding world.
10 a.m. – Fantastically Beastly Story Time
The youngest fans, ages 0-3, can enjoy songs and games.
Noon – Be a Niffler/Build a Niffler
Kids 5 and older can go on a treasure hunt in the store and then build a Niffler to take home.
1:30 p.m. – Dream Your Own Wizarding World
Discuss the type of magical world you would build. Kids, teens and parents are all welcome.
6 p.m. – "Fantastic Beasts" Trivia Challenge
Play for pride and prizes.
6:30 p.m. – "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" Screening
Enjoy the movie along with popcorn and a selection of treats from Kowalski Quality Baked Goods.
9 p.m. – "What’s Next in the Potter Universe?" A talk and discussion led by Lorrie Kim (author of "Snape: A Definitive Reading")
Here are some of the questions that will be discussed:
• How does "Fantastic Beasts" fit into the wizarding world?
• Now that there are five scheduled "Fantastic Beasts" movies, what might happen next?
• Will we still love Dumbledore when this unfolds?
• How will Newt earn his Order of Merlin?
Teens and adults can share their wildest or best theories.
10:30 a.m. – "Race and Sexuality in the Potter Universe" A lecture and discussion with Lorrie Kim
Here is the event description: With exactly one character out of hundreds identified as gay, J.K. Rowling’s world is way more heteronormative than the Muggle world. And issues of race and racism in the Wizarding World have grown even more troubled as Rowling writes wizard history onto Native American and African cultures. We love Potter, and we want our whole selves represented in the world of wizards. Join us for a heated discussion and debate.
The event is geared toward adults and mature teens. Bagels, tea and juice will be provided.
Saturday, July 29 through Sunday, July 30
Big Blue Marble Bookstore
551 Carpenter Lane