Students, professors and members of the Abilene community gathered in the Reading Commons on Halloween for a live reading of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” from cover to cover.
The Reading Commons, featuring a new look with chairs arranged in a common room style, hosted many who drifted in and out to listen to different readers’ interpretations of the book. The rain and high winds didn’t stop people from stopping by at popular times. Few empty seats remained, as many congregated to listen to the reading.
The library was decked out with Hogwarts decor, boasting spooky candles, a sorting hat and wizarding robes. Students were able to sit comfortably and enjoy Halloween candy as they listened.
Though the listeners were excited, the readers were highly anticipating this event, as well. One such reader was Savannah Rakovalis.
“It was a fun experience and the time went by really fast,” said Rakovalis, freshman nursing major from San Antonio.
Another reader, Grant Parker, was eager to take part in experiencing Harry Potter with others.
“I did enjoy reading, and I don’t enjoy reading out loud, but it’s Harry Potter,” said Parker, freshman psychology major from Abilene.
For eight hours, students sat, listened, ate, worked and enjoyed fellowship with one another as the rain continued outside. This second annual tradition of the language and literature department was well received.