The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update


July 12, 2011

Local 'Harry Potter' diehards set for final adventure

ANDERSON, Ind. — Glancing at the tea-covered saucer before him, 12-year-old Thad Fry’s love of “Harry Potter” books was obvious as the teen shouted, “Dobby’s in my tea leaves!”

Fry swore to nearby friends that he could see the shape of Dobby, an elf character in the book series, in the grounds of tea left in his tea cup saucer.

“I see his ears,” 14-year-old Roxie Lyons shrieked.

The diehard Harry Potter fans gathered at the Anderson Public Library on Monday for a proper English tea in honor of the final Potter movie, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” premiering this Saturday at midnight.

Jacqueline Reed, 12, already has her tickets and will be attending the showing at the Hamilton IMAX theater in Noblesville.

To get into the Harry Potter spirit, the group of teens spoke in British accents and dressed in witch and wizard costumes, sipping tea and dining on blueberry crumpets Monday.

“Spot of tea?” parent group leader MaryBeth Schoen asked the teens, offering milk and tea in a heavy British accent, playing the role of Professor Trelawney, a popular Potter character.

The group discussed their favorite characters and discussed their own attempts at becoming wizards.

“I tried summoning food,” Hannah Riggins offered. The 14-year-old, dressed as the female reincarnation of Lord Voldemort, a Potter villain, said she’s tried her hand at witchcraft, unsuccessfully.

Dev’lon Long, 11, said he loves spells and charms and appreciated getting together with other Potter fans.

“It’s my first time meeting people who take Harry Potter as seriously as I do,” he said.

In honor of the movie premiere, the Anderson Public Library is hosting a Potter-themed week, concluding with a Potter puppet show on Thursday.

Although she enjoyed trying tea with milk and eating lemon curd and crumpets, Jacqueline Reed said the real treat was spending time with other diehard Potter fans. “I feel that I fit in here,” she said.

Contact Brandi Watters 640-4847,

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