Wizards and witches are invited to mingle with muggles in February as the Rochester Public Library hosts the second annual Harry Potter Book Night.

RPL’s Teen Library Council (TLC) created the event last year, with great success. Teen Librarian Sarah Joynt says the event ties in with other Harry Potter celebrations around the world. “Every year Bloomsbury Publishing supports Harry Potter Book Night, based on the popular J.K. Rowling series. It’s exciting to know we are part of the thousands of other celebrations happening on the same day.”

For the local event, TLC has planned a variety of Harry Potter-themed activities. Attendees will be sorted into their houses and receive a wand from Ollivander's before taking part in a Wizard’s duel and other magical fun. Participants are encouraged to attend the event in costume and use social media to share their experience as part of a contest. The winner will receive a copy of “Harry Potter Page to Screen.”

Joynt says the event was a hit last year, and she hopes even more people attend this year. “Harry Potter continues to be a popular choice for readers. It’s fun to see fans of all ages share their love for Harry.”

TLC member, Olivia Truesdale says she is looking forward to this year’s event, adding, “It is so neat that people can enjoy their shared experience of Harry's world here at the library.”

“A Night of Spells” will be on Thursday, February 4, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event is open to all ages.

For more information about this or other library programs, visit the library website at www.rochesterpubliclibrary.org.

(Press release provided by Rochester Public Library)