Adult enthusiasm derails Perth Library Harry Potter event for children

Over 18 Perth fans were not impressed. The library only opened recently and had hoped to introduce younger readers to their sections through the event. Photo: Facebook
Nanjing Night Net

The new City of Perth library has inexplicably cancelled its Harry Potter-themed event for children because adult fans complained about not being allowed to go.

Perth leapt to attention when the library announced the event, lured by the activities such as meeting and learning about owls from the WA Bird of Prey Centre and attending a ‘potions class’ with scientists from the ChemCentre.

The library tried to explain to the 11,000 people who expressed interest that the event was just for children.

But thousands retorted that the “real fans” who grew up with Harry Potter were now in their twenties and early thirties.

“The stories we love best do live in us forever. So whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home,” one quoted J. K. Rowling, rather dramatically.

Others told them off for “whingeing”.

“Not sure if you guys realise this but books don’t self-destruct after one generation have read them,” one commenter posted.

On Monday, overwhelmed by the cries of anger and dismay, the library postponed the event indefinitely.

“Dear witches, wizards and Muggles,” staff wrote on the Facebook page.

“Thank you for the tremendous interest in the Harry Potter event, the Professors here at the City of Perth Library are both thrilled and overwhelmed by the response.

“Our original intent for the event was a fun Harry Potter-themed get-together for our Young Adult patrons (ages 12-18) to get to know the new Library and staff.

“We want to be able to provide a magical experience for all Library patrons, as such the Harry Potter event has been postponed and we are looking at how we can accommodate many more witches, wizards, muggles and their families.

“For more information keep a watchful eye out for the Owl Postal Service or follow us on Facebook.”

The staff did not explain why they did not just decide to hold a second, separate event for adults.

The City of Perth has been contacted for comment.  Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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