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Harry Potter turns 20

This week the wizarding and muggle worlds celebrate the 20th anniversary of the much-loved Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, which debuted with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 1997.

The books have been taken to the hearts of millions of readers (young and old) around the world, who found solace, hope and enjoyment in a tale of friendship, courage, loyalty, and overcoming the odds.

If you’d like to celebrate at home but your collection is a little sparse, you don’t have to fork out on a brand new set. Readers of all ages can join their local library for free – fill out an online application form or simply drop into the library and ask for help.

Or, if you can’t help but invest in a shiny new set of books, Eason has got up to 25% off the range.

Farm trip

Looking for ideas to keep the kids occupied over the summer holidays? How about a trip to Stonebrook Pet Farm in Ballymore Eustace, Co Kildare – pick up a voucher on LivingSocial granting family entry (two adults and two children) for €14, normally prices at €26. The farm is open between 2pm and 4pm, with tours operating on the hour every hour. The voucher is valid until August 27th 2017 on certain dates.

Lounge in LA

Fancy a budget trip to Los Angeles? has got two tasty bargains for Irish travellers. First up is a roundtrip from Dublin to LA for just €302, flying with Aer Lingus, Swiss International Air Lines and United Airlines. Available dates run between January and March 2018.

Or, if you fancy flying to the City of Angels from one of Munster’s airports, prices start from €284 (Shannon) and €312 (Cork). Available dates also fall between January and March 2018, with a stopover in London on the way.

When not writing about all things personal finance, You & Your Money's editor Conor Forrest enjoys reading, football and getting lost in an ocean of Wikipedia articles.