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Nico Seevers, 5, leaves the Harry Potter Knight bus in front of the San Francisco public library main branch July 11. J.K. Rowling’s much anticipated seventh and final book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” arrives July 21.
AP photo by Jeff Chiu
Nico Seevers, 5, leaves the Harry Potter Knight bus in front of the San Francisco public library main branch July 11. J.K. Rowling’s much anticipated seventh and final book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” arrives July 21.

Are you in a hurry for more Harry?

By Andrea Brunty
abrunty@decaturdaily.com · 340-2448

The Harry Potter phenomenon has hit Decaur in a small way.

You could go see your favorite characters from the wizarding world on the big screen in “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” but Harry, Hermione and Ron (and even Draco) have another audience.

The Decatur Public Library’s main display features miniature versions of some characters from J.K. Rowling’s books. It will continue through the end of July.

The Twickenham Doll Club of North Alabama chose about 40 dolls from different countries, antique Barbies and large porcelain dolls that members have collected to round out the library exhibit.

But, “of course, Harry Potter is the star,” said Paula Van Natta, a Decatur member of the club.

She’s seen all the movies and read all the books, but her passion is dolls. Van Natta has about 300 to 400 in her collection.

The club’s display showcases two of the largest American doll companies: Madame Alexander dolls from the Alexander Doll Co., founded in the 1920s, and Robert Tonner dolls from the Tonner Doll Co., which started in 1991.

Twickenham Doll Club is planning its annual doll show and sale Aug. 18 at the historic Huntsville Depot Roundhouse. For more information, call Barbara Jennings at 881-3046, e-mail bgjennings@comcast.net or visit www.huntsvillealdollclub.com.

Party at library

Decatur Public Library is hosting a release party Friday for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” starting from 10 p.m. to midnight, when the book can become available for pre-purchase pickup. Advance tickets are required. Call 353-2993 for more information.

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