Muggles, wizards and witches let me tell you a spellbinding tale about a wonderfully wizarding event!
Libraries across Hillingdon hosted a wide variety of Harry Potter themed events to celebrate Harry Potter Night on the 4th February. Yiewsley and Ruislip Manor both held a Night of Spells, Oak Farm
investigated a break in at Gringotts, Charville and South Ruislip Libraries also held events. Below staff discuss events at their library.
A Night of Spells at Ruislip Manor Library (by Sharon):
It was Harry potter book night on Thursday 4th feb, and at Ruislip Manor library we had a fun packed evening planned! Before we could begin there was a short disclaimer to be read out to the parents to let them know that Ruislip Manor library could accept no responsibility if their child was to get turned into a frog or toad during the course of the event , luckily as far as I know all children did leave in their original form.
The wizard recruits had arrived dressed in their Hogwarts finest , and we chose two outstanding winners of the fancy dress contest. All the young wizards were then presented with a train ticket for the Hogwarts express, and shown through to platform 9 3/4 then all aboard we were on our way to Hogwarts. Once we arrived there was something very important to do the sorting hat ceremony, each child was allocated by the hat to a house either Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Slytherin or Hufflepuff. Once in their houses they made themselves a house tie, and we began the exciting wizard duels. Each wizard had to pick a spell, and wands at the ready they began the contest. The winner was judged by how powerful we felt their spell was performed, and they were awarded house points for their team!
We then moved onto our fun quiz, again correct answers were awarded house points and the children were so knowledgeable it was most impressive.
It was extremely close but in the end the winning house was Gryffindor, but all the children did so well.
We had some wonderful feedback with comments such as ‘brilliant’ and ‘fantastic event’. To finish everyone received a badge and a certificate congratulating them on taking part. It really was a magical evening and we cannot wait until next year to do it all again, judging by the smiles on the children’s or should I say young wizards faces they feel exactly the same.
Harry Potter Night at Yiewsley Library (by Parmjit):
On the 4th February Professor Dumbledore welcomed students back to a new year at Hogwarts. Harry Potter Night at Yiewsley Library was a great success! The witches and wizards came dressed in their wizarding robes and after receiving their Golden tickets and report cards they headed off to Platform 9/34 to catch the Hogwarts Express.
There they were sorted into their houses by Minerva Mcgonagall who sent them off promptly to Ollivander’s wand shop to get their magic wands. After receiving their wands they went onto the wizard duelling event where they cast their spells, with such competitiveness. Professor Snape was waiting for the children to conjure up magic potions with his disgusting but original ingredients. The competitiveness didn’t end as the children all went off to play quidditch against their friends.
Colouring sheets, a quiz and a character hunt were all part of this mystical magical night. On completing all the events each child received a specially created certificate from Professor Dumbledore.