Beginning at 10 a.m. on Halloween, students can stop by the Reading Commons to listen to “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” being read aloud.
Dr. Todd Womble, Assistant Professor of Language and Literature, created the event with the hopes of entertaining readers–this year, Harry Potter fans in particular.
“A lot of the people who are reading either grew up with it, or their kids grew up with it. I think there’s more of an attachment to it,” said Womble.
He said he is excited to have found something that many readers will resonate with.
“When you know the characters… it changes the way you read,” said Womble.
More than 30 volunteers have signed up for 15-minute time slots. Each volunteer will start reading where the previous person left off. While most of the volunteer readers are professors, some students plan to participate. Dr. Phil Schubert will make an appearance later in the day, as well.
While many of the readers will rely on J.K. Rowling’s original English text, there will also be French, German and Spanish versions read throughout the day, by professors of these languages.
“Part of the vision of the Reading Commons is stuff like this,” said Womble.
After success last year reading “Frankenstein” aloud, the recently updated Reading Commons will host its second annual Halloween Cover2Cover reading.
Readers are encouraged to find sponsors for their time slots. By having people donate for each minute read, participants can take part in raising money for the Language and Literature Department. Last year, they were able to bring in more than $700–an amount they hope to exceed this year. These funds will help send students to present research, cover costs for materials needed by graduate students and aid in the application process for those entering graduate school.
Though most will be wearing wizard garb, it is not a requirement for readers to dress up.
“I’m telling everyone to wear costumes,” Womble said.
With the library decked for the season, students can look forward to a Halloween spent eating candy, dressing in costumes and reading Harry Potter together.