DARIEN, Conn. The Darien Summer School may not be Hogwarts, but kids still get to celebrate their love of magic every morning in Jennifer Blake's Harry Potter Book and Film Club. As they gear up for the premiere of the final film, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2," the children in grades four through six make Harry Potter crafts while discussing their favorite characters and stories.
"I like the fourth book because Harry enters the Triwizard Tournament and has to complete three tasks," Grayden Overbeck said as he waved a toy wand in the air, trying to make a piece of paper float.
Bridget Cobb is almost finished with the sixth book, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," and so far that one is her favorite. She expects to power through the seventh book before the movie comes out next week.
"I also like the third one," Bridget said. "Of all the books I've read, it has Lupin, who is the best teacher. I think it would be cool to go to where they filmed the movie and meet the actor who played him."
Charlie Magnotta was annoyed that the seventh book was supposed to come out on his birthday, but that was before its release date was pushed back. The seventh book is also his favorite. "It has the most action and it's really fun to read."
The seventh and final book was also Jack Roberson's favorite. He liked the action, but struggled to come up with a favorite character. "I can't decide. I like all of them."
As they discussed their favorite boy wizard and his adventures, they were busier recreating the magic clocks that appear in the books, as well as drawing pictures of different characters. Every child was confident he or she would see and love the final film.
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