Obama delivers moral of "Green Eggs and Ham;" J.K. Rowling reveals her favorite Hogwart subject
By Stephen Lowman
For tens of thousands of Muggles, it was a magical day to be on the National Mall.
Kids and parents made their way to the South Lawn of the White House this morning for the annual Easter Egg Roll, where they not only raced their eggs, but also played sports, squealed at tween superstar musician Justin Bieber and, for storytime, took in a reading by author J.K. Rowling.
In fact, although this year’s theme was “Ready, Set, Go!” (in connection with the First Lady’s “Let’s Move!” campaign to combat childhood obesity), attendees also got to sit down for a number of celebrity readings.
President Obama kicked off the readings with Dr. Seuss’s “Green Eggs and Ham.” He told the children seated around him that the moral of the story was to never be afraid to try new things. The First Lady then followed with another Dr. Seuss book, “Horton Hatches the Egg.”
Following the morning Easter Egg Roll — the competitors were fervent in their efforts but it wasn’t quite as rough-and-tumble as, say, a Quidditch match — kids sat down at the Storytime Stage to listen to Rowling read from the first Harry Potter novel, “The Sorcerer’s Stone” (or if you’re outside the United States, “The Philosopher’s Stone’).
Rowling read the part where Harry first discovers he is a wizard. She prefaced the reading by explaining who Harry and Hagrid (the school’s giant gamekeeper) were, but this was probably done needlessly because everyone in the audience seemed to know the story.
Following the reading kids shouted questions at Rowling.
Q: What’s you favorite Harry Potter book?
A: The seventh.
Q: After Harry, who was the second character you thought up?
Q: What’s your favorite subject taught at Hogwart?
A: Charms (“because a lot can go wrong”)
And like the president, she also imparted a life lesson to the children. When one child asked if she really did name Harry Potter after the surname of a family who used to live by her, she said no and told them, “You must never believe everything you read in the paper.”
Betty DeGeneres (Ellen’s mom), Olympian Apollo Ohno, Nick Jr. television host DJ Lance, and chef Art Smith also read at the Storytime Stage.
Steven E. Levingston
April 5, 2010; 2:13 PM ET
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