Fans dress as favorite characters for Harry Potter's birthday

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Friday, August 1, 2014 - 9:26pm

Wizards, witches, and muggles all had reason to celebrate Thursday night. It was Harry Potter's 34th birthday. Or would have been, if J.K. Rowling's young hero lived in our world.

Potter's plans for his birthday were unknown, but his real-life fans threw a party for him. A couple dozen people got together at the main East Baton Rouge Parish Library branch, many of them in costume.

The last book in the Harry Potter series was published in 2007, and the final movie hit theaters in 2011. But the story continues to attract new fans.

"It speaks to everybody, I think," said Louise Hilton, a reference librarian for the East Baton Rouge Parish Library. "It's so well-written, older people as well as the little ones can just as easily discover this great story about friendship and loyalty, and the ultimate good vs. evil story."

The library hosted a Harry Potter book club this year. They met once a month for six months, and the party marked the club's final session. The club was geared toward people in their 20's, but Thursday's party was open to everyone. People played Harry Potter trivia, and there was a costume contest.

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