Boy wins trip to ‘Harry Potter’ set
NAVARRE, Fla. — Joel Willoughby logged onto the Internet in February and answered five trivia questions. Now he’s headed for London to join Hagrid the giant and Albus Dumbledore in the next “Harry Potter” movie.
The 11-year-old won a walk-on role in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” as the grand-prize winner of the “Owl Prowl” game.
It was created by Warner Home Video to celebrate the release of the first Potter film, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” on DVD and VHS.
“I was just trying to win a DVD,” Joel said Wednesday. “I had no idea I would actually win a trip.”
Joel and his mother, Teresa Willoughby, are flying to London for the filming June 24. Later, he and three family members will return for the movie’s premiere in November.
He doesn’t know what part he’ll play, but he’s hoping they’ll “sort him into a house.”
The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which Harry and his friends attend, has four houses, or dormitories.
History for the viewing
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — One of the original 1776 copies of the nation’s Declaration of Independence will be in Louisville for a public viewing this fall.
The document, which television producer Norman Lear owns, is one of 25 known original copies of our country’s “birth certificate” still remaining. It will be on display for free at the public library’s main branch Oct. 16-Nov. 3 as an early stop on a national tour.
“We are delighted” that the document will be displayed in Louisville, said library director Craig Buthod.
Buthod said he’s been discussing the document’s appearance in Louisville for more than a year with a nonprofit group called the Declaration of Independence Road Trip, which Lear set up to give the document public exposure.