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'24-Hour Rowlings:' Wellesley Students Attempt to Read Potter Books in 24-Hours

The Wellesley College Quidditch team will attempt to read all 7 Harry Potter Books in a 24-hour period. Friday, April 6, noon, through Saturday, April 7, noon. All wizards and muggles welcome!

Wizards and muggles alike (that’s “non-magic folk” for those who may not know) are invited to the Wellesley College campus to hear Wellesley’s Quidditch Team attempt to read all seven Harry Potter Novels in 24-hours.

The public reading starting at noon today, Friday, April 6, and will run until noon tomorrow, Saturday, April 7. Free and open to the public.

The reading, “24-Hour Rowlings” – named for the series’ author J.K. Rowlings – was inspired by another annual Wellesley event, “24-hour Shakespeare,” which occurs in early March.  “24-Hour Rowlings” will take place in the “Cow Chair Room” (named for the black-and-white chairs in the room) on the lower level of the Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center, across from the Wellesley College parking garage. The garage is located near the campus’ Central Street entrance.

Wellesley Senior Claire Merrill, who founded Wellesley’s Quidditch team with fellow senior Naomi Takiki, said she’s not sure if this has been attempted before. “We don't know if anything like this has ever been done before for the Harry Potter books,” Merrill said, “so we are not sure if we are going to be able to read all the books in 24 hours, but we are going to try!”

To increase their chances of success, different groups of people will read from a few different books at the same time, and visitors will be invited to join in the readings, and are invited to bring their own books, if they like. Costumes are welcome too -- Merrill said she knows of a few people who will be dressing up, and that some of the more important scenes may be acted out.  

Quidditch is a sport invented by J.K. Rowlings for the Harry Potter novels. USA Today once described the game as looking like “the mongrel offspring of rugby, dodge ball and soccer.”According to the International Quidditch Association (yes, the organization actually exists – as does an organized Quidditch World Cup tournament) the game is now played at over 300 universities and high schools in the United States and 12 other countries. See more photos from a Fall Quidditch Practice on the Wellesley Wire.

By the way, after visiting me at work for the first time, my husband remarked, "I didn't know you worked at Hogwarts!" I'm starting to think that he's right...

Unoffically, there are 4,182 pages in the 7 books in the US hardbound edition, as originally published by Scholastic Books.

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