On Wednesday 6 February the Library team transformed the Library for one night only into our very own Hogwarts as part of the International Harry Potter Book Night celebrations. Almost 60 Year 7 and 8 pupils came to take part in Potions, Care of Magical Creatures and Defence Against the Dark Arts, plus a very lively Quidditch practice over-seen by Dumbledore himself.
Pupils could also relax in the Owlery and shop at Honeydukes for magical treats like pumpkin pasties, exploding bonbons, and of course Every-Flavour Beans. The young witches and wizards were sorted into Hogwarts houses and for each activity had the chance to earn points for their house, including a particularly fiendish quiz prepared by Bloomsbury, the publisher of the Harry Potter books.
At the end of the night Gryffindor were victorious and each Gryffindor pupil received a small prize. Prizes were also presented to Guy Drew (8Otter) and Charlotte Hatton (7Wilson) for the best costumes, and Katie Mason (8Sherborne) for top marks on her Quibbler. The Hogwarts pupils voted the Head Teacher, Mr Hindman, as Dumbledore, best dressed member of staff.
“Harry Potter Night is on the surface about bringing pupils together to have some fun,” said Mrs Regan, Librarian. “But it’s also about nurturing a love of stories and literature in our pupils that will last their whole lives, and it’s obvious when you look at some of our guests tonight just how magical and life-changing that can be.”