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Friday, August 07, 2009

Harry’s Good Deeds

Have all you adult Harry Potter fans made it to the film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince? As someone who read all the books, it’s definitely a must, despite mixed reviews that claim the movie doesn’t quite match the book.

I haven’t enjoyed reading a fantasy series as much since I tackled J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings many decades ago. It’s probably not fair to compare the two but there is something engaging about a hero’s quest, whether it is to conquer the evil Voldemort or destroy a dangerous ring.

It seems appropriate that the lessons in the Harry Potter books are being put to good use. The Harry Potter Alliance “is dedicated to using the examples of Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore to spread love and fight the Dark Arts in the real world.” A recent article posted on CNN ("For Some Fans, Lessons of 'Potter' Carry Over Into the Real World," July 16, 2009) listed some of the alliance’s projects which include helping hundreds to register to vote last year and conducting a book drive for children around the world in which more than 13,000 books were collected and 4,000 went to youths in Rwanda.

Pat, Fairfax County Public Library

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