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Harry Potter Stars Featured in ALA’s READ Posters

Daniel Radcliffe poses for ALA's series of Harry Potter Celebrity READ posters.

Daniel Radcliffe poses for ALA's series of Harry Potter Celebrity READ posters.

In honor of the Harry Potter books and the contributions author J.K. Rowling has made in encouraging literacy and inspiring young readers, the stars of the film franchise recently posed for the American Library Association’s Celebrity READ posters. Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Alan Rickman are featured in a series of four posters holding books of their own choosing. Radcliffe, the film embodiment of the boy wizard, spoke with American Libraries about the book he selected and how working in the Harry Potter films has turned him into a book lover. The young actor posed with The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. “I’ve been obsessed with the novel ever since I read it about a year ago. I’ve always been a huge fan of Magical Realism. It’s an inspiring genre in which writers can just let their imaginations go wild and wonderful…I’ve read it twice now, and I just received an English first edition (Collins and Harvill, 1967) with a beautiful cover as a birthday present. That’s the one that appears on the READ poster.”

When asked if fans tell him that the books and films have inspired their love of reading, Radcliffe answers enthusiastically in the affirmative. “Absolutely, and I am a case in point. Before I was cast in the first Harry Potter film, I didn’t read much at all. But I have grown to love reading because of the film and now I am an absolutely voracious reader, although kind of a slow one. Anything that gets kids into reading is fantastic.” Though he strongly disagrees with critics that accuse the franchise of teaching paganism or witchcraft. “I tell them that witchcraft is not real and that I don’t understand what they are complaining about. Harry Potter is about loyalty and friendship and duty and fighting for what’s right. I believe in people and the human spirit.”

The Harry Potter Celebrity READ posters are available on the ALA Store website and can be purchased individually or as a set. The release of these new posters comes just before the release of the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 which debuts in the U.S. on November 19. Part 2 will be released on July 15, 2011.

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