A Potterhead’s Dream by Project 99A Literacy Ambassador Maria Oprea

At the beginning of this school year, my friends and I joined an organization called Project 99A, whose mandate is to elevate global literacy rates. I’m very passionate about literacy – reading, writing, and the like – so I thought it was right up my alley and just brilliant that someone had created such an organization in my home town!

After our first meeting, I brought a few posters advertising Project 99A’s Book Drive to school, and asked Mrs. Giffen, our amazing Teacher Librarian, for permission to put one up in the library. She encouraged us to stick it front and center, right on the door to the library for all to see, having first taken a look at the event details and telling us she would stop by to donate some books and learn more about Project 99A.

Little did I know that this small, simple gesture of putting up a sole poster would eventually lead me to finding one of the books that I’ve wanted to read for such a long time!

You know that moment when you’ve wanted to read a book for forever and a day, but you never had the chance? That’s exactly the situation that I was in with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne, the eighth story in the Harry Potter Series and the first to be performed live, on stage.

I never really got around to reading it, picking it up from the library or anything of the like, so when I saw it on the shelf dedicated to Project 99A’s book swap/drive happening at my school, I jumped at the opportunity to get the book. By that, I mean that I shrieked lightly, interrupting my friend’s sentence and scaring her simultaneously, and ran towards the shelf before anyone else could pick it up. It really was quite the odd sight.

Being a complete Potterhead, a proud Hufflepuff, I was ecstatic. I made sure to let my parents know that I had picked up the novel from school, and that it was mine to keep – they can attest to the fact that I was extremely excited!

The only thing left to do now is to start reading the play script. With the tests and assignments due the week before March break, and my co-curricular activities, I haven’t gotten around to that yet… all the more reason to look forward to this March break!

Thank you to the person who dropped it off, to Mrs. Giffen for organizing the book swap/drive at our school, and to Project 99A, for allowing me to finally get my hands on this play!