Bringing Hogwarts to QEGS' Library Annexe
On Thursday, 2nd February celebrations took place at QEGS for what is now the annual Harry Potter Book Night by holding a Harry Potter Movie Night - rekindling the love of Rowling's books.
With over 37 students across Year 7, 8, 9 and 13 attending, the atmosphere was indeed one to be remembered. The Library Annexe was quickly transformed into our very own Hogwarts as we celebrated with a night of fun, games and plenty of food! The night started with helpers from different year groups who were extremely eager to get involved by decorating tables, hanging bunting and gothic paper-chains, displaying the magic wands, filling the sorting hat and Harry Potter treat bags, then finally laying out lots of delicious nibbles including Snitch Truffles, Hufflepuff Popcorn, Chocolate Frogs, Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans, Treacle Flapjacks, Jelly Slugs, Chocolate Slabs, and of course lots of Pumpkin Juice.
Following on from the preparations there was a short sorting ceremony to form the four house teams; Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin with each student receiving a House badge which gave a brilliant atmosphere to the whole event. To start off the evening students shared their Harry Potter knowledge as they took part in the ‘How well do you know J K Rowling’ quiz.After all of this, it was then time to settle down to the most important part of the evening; Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban movie – followed by an interval when there was of course a fantastic feast for all.
The latter part of the event was spent judging the costume competition – with some amazing entries. Prize for the best dressed Harry Potter costume was awarded to Hamza Bux in Year 7 – well done Hamza who was awarded with a copy of the Harry Potter Year Book, Harry Potter magic wand, Harry Potter broomstick sculpture and of course a certificate.
I’d like to say a big thank you to every student who took part - an amazing bunch of Harry Potter fans. My thanks also go to Miss Bowker who helped during the evening and even arrived with an abundance of Deathly Hallows pendants, one for every pupil! Special thanks also to Safa Kapadi in Yr. 13 who offered much help in the run up to the event and also the actual evening itself.
It was a truly magical evening with all the girls and boys really entering into the spirit of things with their spectacular costumes and limitless imaginations! I can’t wait for the 2018 event when there will be another opportunity to share the never-ending delights of Harry Potter. Another important celebration to help promote the love of reading and all things Potterish.
V. B. Dewhurst
Head of Library