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Naperville shop celebrates wizard with 'Potter' birthday party

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  • Tabitha Irvin, 9, of Downers Grove, right, raises the hand of her friend Alyssa Bonheyo, 10, of Downers Grove during "Harry Potter" trivia Thursday at a party at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville to celebrate the fictional wizard's birthday.

       Tabitha Irvin, 9, of Downers Grove, right, raises the hand of her friend Alyssa Bonheyo, 10, of Downers Grove during "Harry Potter" trivia Thursday at a party at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville to celebrate the fictional wizard's birthday.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Elizabeth Lewis of Anderson's Bookshop in downtown Naperville listens as "Harry Potter" birthday party attendees participate in a trivia contest. The shop celebrated the fictional wizard's birthday Thursday afternoon with cake, crafts and games.

       Elizabeth Lewis of Anderson's Bookshop in downtown Naperville listens as "Harry Potter" birthday party attendees participate in a trivia contest. The shop celebrated the fictional wizard's birthday Thursday afternoon with cake, crafts and games.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • "Harry Potter" fans vie for the chance to answer the trivia question "How old is Harry Potter?" with the correct answer of "34" during a birthday party for the fictional wizard Thursday afternoon at Anderson's Bookshop in downtown Naperville.

       "Harry Potter" fans vie for the chance to answer the trivia question "How old is Harry Potter?" with the correct answer of "34" during a birthday party for the fictional wizard Thursday afternoon at Anderson's Bookshop in downtown Naperville.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

 
 

Anderson's Bookshop in downtown Naperville twice has hosted "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling and even has gathered as many as 70,000 people to celebrate the release of the seventh book in the popular series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."

Thursday's event was much smaller, but the shop hosted roughly 75 people for a Harry Potter party to celebrate the July 31 birthdays of both the fictional wizard and the author who brought him to life.

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"And seven years ago, the seventh book came out on the 21st," Rachel Strolle, a book seller at Anderson's, said. "It's close enough that we included that, too."

Small children with their parents as well as older children and teenagers marked the occasion with a Harry Potter birthday cake adorned with a lightning bolt to match the scar on the character's forehead. Fans tested themselves with Potter-themed trivia, crossword puzzles and word searches and kids got creative with crafts.

"We had wand making," Strolle said, "so they could decorate their own wands with pipe cleaners and markers and stickers."

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