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July 07, 2017

Bookstore to host free 'Fantastic Beasts' weekend

Includes a movie screening and discussion of the wizarding world

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"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" tells the story of writer Newt Scamander's adventures in New York's secret community of witches and wizards, 70 years before Harry Potter reads his book at Hogwarts.

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.

Saturday, July 29

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.

RELATED: Harry Potter concert series continues at The Mann Center this summer

Sunday July 30

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.

"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" Weekend

Saturday, July 29 through Sunday, July 30
Big Blue Marble Bookstore
551 Carpenter Lane
(215) 844-1870