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Remember the world before June 1997? If you can't, don't worry; you didn't miss much. The world was a dull, uninspired, basically pointless place. Nobody had ever heard of quidditch or boggarts or kneazles.

Luckily, J.K. Rowling stepped up and fixed everything. By imagining the incredible world of Hogwarts and writing the incomparable seven-book Harry Potter series, she delivered us from despair and brought us magic, adventure, intrigue and endless fun.

The Wheeler Centre is celebrating 20 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone with a night of storytelling, music, reading and revelry. We’ll broach the eternal, yet controversial, question: Who was the real hero of the Harry Potter series? Was it really the eponymous orphan wizard? Or was it misunderstood Snape, or heroic brainiac Hermione Granger?

Ben Pobjie, Clementine Ford, Justin Heazlewood, Jessica Walton, Nayuka Gorrie and Candy Bowers and others will make the case for their chosen hero in an evening of wonder, wizardry and hardcore fanning out. There will be a performance by a quartet from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. All houses welcome. Even Slytherins (sort of).

Suitable for ages 12 and over.

This event will be Auslan interpreted.

Presented in partnership with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

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