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Fantastic Beasts and Where to…Celebrate the Movie

J.K. Rowling Research Topic in ProQuest eLibrary

J.K. Rowling wrote Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in 2001 while simultaneously writing the main Harry Potter series of novels. Devoted Potter fans will note that “Fantastic Beasts” actually makes an appearance in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as the name of one of Harry’s required textbooks. Following the success of the Harry Potter movie franchise, Rowling makes her screenwriting debut in the prequel by the same name.

Eddie Redmayne

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore via Foter.com / CC BY-SA

Set in the 1920s, this adventure follows wizard Newt Scamander as he arrives in New York for a brief stay and No-Maj (American Muggle) Jacob Kowalski who accidentally lets some of Newt’s beasts escape from a briefcase. The ensuing endangerment takes place decades before Harry Potter steps foot into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Go experience your favorite characters come to life on the big screen starting Friday (November 18), or stop by your library or bookstore and pick up a copy of the book.

Newt Scamander

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We have compiled five ways that Muggles, Witches and Wizards alike can prepare for viewing what is bound to be pure magic!

1. Attend a Library Event

Check your local library or bookstore’s website and see if they are hosting any Potter-themed events. Here are some events we found:

Kent District Library

Lawrence Public Library

East Lansing Public Library


2. Create Your Own Butterbeer Recipe

After experimenting with a few different ingredients, this is the recipe we came up with:

  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1 bottle cream soda (chilled)

Allow ice cream to soften. Blend softened butter, sugar, and spices in a bowl. Add to ice cream and freeze. Fill each glass with a scoop of ice cream mixture and pour cream soda over it. Enjoy!

ingredients

Butterbeer Ingredients – Minus the softened butter, which we had already melted in bowl behind the cream soda [Photo courtesy of Kimberly Carpenter]

butterbeer

Chilled Butterbeer [Photo courtesy of Kimberly Carpenter]

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Editors Kimberly and Juliana [Photo courtesy of Kimberly Carpenter]

 


3. Create Wizard Crafts

Create your very own magic with these crafts:

DIY Harry Potter Wands

DIY Wizard Suitcase

DIY Mirror of Erised


4. Design Your Own Fantastic Beast

Design your own Fantastic Beast by using SIRS Discoverer Animal Facts to research fascinating animals. Combine the physical description, behavior, and habitat of different animals to create your own creature. Create a drawing of your Fantastic Beast.


5. Museum Discoveries

Explore interactive events, programs, or see the movie in IMAX:

Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Harvard Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian

 

We’ll see you at the movie!

40th Anniversary of “Jaws” & Increased Shark Attacks: Coincidence?

"Jaws" Research Topic

“Jaws” Research Topic
via ProQuest’s eLibrary

Forty years ago this summer, theater audiences were being literally scared out of the water by Steven Spielberg’s film Jaws.” Released in June 1975, the movie went on to become the highest-grossing film of its time and the first to earn $100-million at the box office. The movie, based on Peter Benchley’s 1974 novel of the same name, showcased the acting of Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss, as well as an Oscar-winning score by John Williams.

Cover of Peter Benchley's 1974 Novel "Jaws"

Cover of Peter Benchley’s 1974 Novel “Jaws”
Roger Kastel [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 

Production of the movie overcame the obstacles of filming at sea and the myriad problems with the mechanical shark (named “Bruce” after Spielberg’s lawyer) to become the first true summer “blockbuster.”

While Jaws was making a killing at the box office, audiences were staying clear of the beaches in the summer of 1975. The film was blamed for reduced beach attendance and the increased number of reported shark attacks.

 

Jump ahead 40 years to the Summer of 2015, there appears to be an increase in the number of shark attacks. The highly-publicized pair of attacks in North Carolina, occurring less than 2 hours apart, served as a brutal reminder that shark attacks still occur with some consistency. In fact, in just a 3-week period in June-July 2015, there were 7 reported shark attacks off the coast of North Carolina alone. In 2014, Volusia County, Florida led the nation in the number of swimmers bitten by sharks. According to the International Shark Attack File, which tracks shark-human interaction, the number of attacks has grown steadily over the past several decades.

Great White Shark

Photo of a Great White Shark CCO [Public Domain] Pixabay

Graphic of a Great White Shark

Great White Shark Graphic
CCO [Public Domain] Pixabay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While recent shark attacks put the fear of Great White Sharks at the forefront of the public’s mind, the risk should be kept in perspective; bees, wasps and snakes are responsible for more deaths each year than sharks.

To learn more about sharks and shark conservation, search the many resources available in eLibrary.

 

Summertime Flicks

"Titanic" opened in U.S. movie theaters on December 19, 1997. Most of the story takes place aboard the ill-fated "RMS Titanic" during her maiden voyage in 1912. The movie won 11 Academy Awards including Best Picture of 1997. The film inspired a legion of devoted fans but was also widely criticized for rampant historical inaccuracies. The film starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslett and was directed by James Cameron. <br \> Image courtesy of the Advertising Archives Limited, via ProQuest SIRS Renaissance [Public Domain]

“Titanic” opened in U.S. movie theaters on December 19, 1997. Most of the story takes place aboard the ill-fated “RMS Titanic” during her maiden voyage in 1912. The movie won 11 Academy Awards including Best Picture of 1997. The film inspired a legion of devoted fans but was also widely criticized for rampant historical inaccuracies. The film starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslett and was directed by James Cameron.
Image courtesy of the Advertising Archives Limited, via ProQuest SIRS Renaissance [Public Domain]

Summer is a season for picnicking, swimming, playing at the park, or reading a book while lying in the sun. But when the days get too hot or if outdoor activities are paused due to rain, movies are a fun alternative. But how do you choose among the diverse array of films available in the theaters?

Special effects and sensational stories make for blockbuster films that moviegoers attend in droves, such as this summer’s “World War Z” and “Superman.” Pedro Almodovar’s comedy “I’m So Excited” may suit those of you seeking a foreign-film experience. A fan of Emma Watson of the “Harry Potter” franchise? Check out “The Bling Ring,” based on a true story of a glamour-obsessed teenage thief. Want to sit back and laugh with animated characters? “Monsters University” will fit the bill. Or be moved and inspired by globally significant films featured at this summer’s Human Rights Watch Film Festival, including the documentaries “99 Percent” and “The Undocumented.” To pair literature and film, “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” may be the perfect fit.

Whatever your preference, get to the movie theater and enjoy! And be sure to check out SIRS Renaissance for articles on summer films. Feel free to expand your search to learn more about motion pictures, including silent films, foreign films, Hollywood films, independent films, and documentary films.