2000s | A Spell is Cast

HP books

Harry Potter books, c. 2000. Courtesy of Deb Emry.


When author J.K. Rowling visited Winnetka at the height of “Harry Potter fever,” the line to see her stretched around the block on Elm Street. The Book Stall hosted a book signing “all-nighter” and attendees made such a ruckus that complaining neighbors called the police!

Rowling signed her name to 2000 books that day, including the three you see here, owned by the Emry-Murdoch family.

A Spell is Cast, narrated by Ryan McElroy