Harry Potter works his magic at the Canberra Writers Festival

While it's been 20 years since we were first introduced to Harry Potter, the boy wizard still seems able to work his magic.

Children and the young at heart were entertained by Professor Frankie Falconette on Saturday in a special Harry Potter show as part of the Canberra Writers Festival.

Professor Frankie led a fun and interactive session, using drama and comedy to bring the world of Hogwarts alive in the National Library of Australia.

Nadia Sunde, who plays the role of Professor Frankie, is the author of two children's books as well as a highly acclaimed children's theatre writer and performer. She has worked as a music educator, actress, comedian and ABC radio presenter.

But for the course of the CWF she was a wand-wielding wizard in both sold-out sessions.

The event was one of several aimed at children and families over the weekend.

On Sunday, August 27, family highlights include a look back at the Australian classic Looking for Alibrandi with Melina Marchetta who wrote the book in 1992. Twenty-five years on, she will talk about the book with a screening of the 2000 film, at the National Museum of Australia from 1.15pm.

At 10.30am at the NMA, children's author Tony Wilson will lead a hands-on session of fun activities inspired by his book The Cow Tripped Over the Moon, which was the National Simultaneous Reading Time title for 2017 where more than 686,000 kids sat down to enjoy the book at the same time!

The Canberra Writers Festival wraps up on Sunday August 27 but there are still tickets available for many events on the Sunday.

Sunday's highlights include:

  • A discussion of the importance of young adult fiction with Jaclyn Moriarty, Will Kostakis and Ellie Marney, three of the talented authors who are contributors to the Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOZYA Anthology, at the National Library of Australia at 12.30pm.
  • Allan Gyngell, former director-general of the ONA, the Australian government's central intelligence assessment agency, and Gareth Evans, former attorney-general and now Chancellor of the Australian National University will discuss how foreign policy matters to an island nation in uncertain times. At University House, from noon.
  • Nikki Gemmell will talk about her poignant memoir After, which she wrote in an attempt to understand the "death of choice" of her mother. It is also the story of Elayn Gemmell, the often difficult, prickly relationship between mothers and daughters and how that changes over time. In conversation with Dr Leah Kaminsky at the National Portrait Gallery at 1pm.

The story Harry Potter works his magic at the Canberra Writers Festival first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.

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