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Providence Public Library Presents FREE Harry Potter Film Festival

Re-read the books by J.K. Rowling and catch up with Harry on the big screen before the sequel!

hp-halfbloodprincebkcovCalling all Harry Potter fans, big and small! Providence Public Library is pleased to present a FREE Harry Potter Film Festival beginning Monday, June 15 at the Central Library, 150 Empire Street, in the Library’s Auditorium Theater (3rd floor). The movie screenings will conclude in time for the arrival of the next Harry Potter film in the series–Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, coming to theaters July 15. Potter fans are urged to re-read their favorite books and take in the previous films. Festival-goers may also enter in person for a chance to win a Harry Potter Box Set-Books 1-7!

The festival schedule follows:

Monday, June 15 – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Two showings: 1:00 pm & 5:30 pm (run time: approx. 152 min), rated PG
Harry learns on his 11th birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and has some interesting powers of his own. He leaves a life of disenchantment and despair for Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Losing his parents at a young age, Harry makes a family of the close circle of friends at school, who joins him in unraveling the mystery of his parents’ death and confronting the forces intent on destroying him.

Monday, June 22 – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Two showings 1:00 pm & 5:00 pm (run time: approx. 161 min., rated PG)
The world’s most popular wizard – Harry Potter – is back in a second adventure. Harry returns for his second year at Hogwart’s with his friends Ron and Hermione despite a warning from house elf Dobby that great danger awaits him. Students are literally being petrified and Harry becomes suspect #1. He must figure out a way to save the school from this dark force, close the chamber of secrets forever, and clear his name in the process.

Monday, June 29 – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Two showings: 1:00 pm & 5:30 pm (run time: approx. 142 min., rated PG)
Harry, Ron and Hermione return to for their third year to Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An escaped prisoner named Sirius Black seems to pose a threat to Harry but is he really a foe…or a friend. The answer provides a shocking revelation about what happened 12 years ago when Harry got his famous scar!

Monday, July 6 – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Two showings: 1:00 pm & 6:30 pm (run time: approx. 157 min., rated PG-13)
“Difficult times lay ahead, Harry.” This is the warning that meets our favorite wizard in training as he heads back for his fourth year at Hogwart’s School. Harry is mysteriously entered into the dangerous Tri-wizard Tournament even though he is underage. He must train for many challenging and the possible return of his nemesis, the evil Lord Voldemort.

Monday, July 13 – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Two showings: 1:00 pm & 6:30 pm (run time: approx. 138 min., rated PG-13)
Our hero has to battle the Ministry of Magic as they seize more power at Hogwarts and refuse to believe that the evil Voldemort has returned. Harry’s overwhelming school work, changes in the Quiddich team, and the increased threat from his nemesis make for his most challenging and darkest year yet.

Note: Parents/guardians should determine which movies are age-appropriate for their children. Check the Kids in Mind web site for their helpful rating system to determine if it is appropriate. If the movie is in question, previewing is suggested. Call ahead concerning handicap accessibility issues.

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