This month’s book club hails from Charlotte, North Carolina!
The Mecklenburg Marauders is a club for ages 18-34 that is all about raising literacy awareness and Harry Potter! The activities of this group includes things like playing Potter-related games, discussing Harry Potter-related books, and doing community service activities.
The Mecklenburg Marauders meet at the University City Regional Library on every second Wednesday at 6PM. Although their members are huge fans of Harry Potter books, the series is not the only books that they read and books are never assigned per meeting. The group loves reading all kinds of fantasy books, and are open to suggestions and discussions of books from their members.
What are some of this club’s suggested reads? They suggest Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne with J.K. Rowling and The Magician King Lev Grossman. The Mecklenburg Marauders also has a booklist where interested readers can check out what the group is reading.
Photo 1: Michael Burson, a Mecklenburg Marauder member, shares his wand knowledge with teen and children patrons that came to the Harry Potter Fest. The Mecklenburg Marauders is part of the Harry Potter Alliance, which gives back to the community. The festival was our way of spreading Harry Potter knowledge and fandom.
Photo 2: Maeve Dodds, Headmistress of the Mecklenburg Marauders, plays a jelly bean challenge with children and teens using Bean Boozled (Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans).
Photo 3: Members of Ravenclaw won the year long battle for House Cup. Points were earned by particpating in trivia, take home activities, bringing in snacks, and more.
Photo 4: Members participated in the Triwizard Tournament to celebrate the Olympics. Gryffindor came in first; then, Slytherin and Hufflepuff tied; Ravenclaw came in fourth. Games included: finding Dobby’s socks, Egg Drop Challenge, and Dragon Challenge. For Dobby’s socks, we had to match as many pairs of socks for a minute. The Egg Drop Challenge was done by using provided materials to make protection for your egg when it was dropped from different heights. The Dragon Challenge was when participants used a broom to shuffle “dragon’s eggs” back to the dragon from across the room.