Harry Potter Book Night
'Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.'
Potterheads across the school received their letters from Professor Routledge (Head of Hufflepuff) to attend Hogwarts for one night only and celebrate JK Rowling's most magical works at the Harry Potter Book Night.
Pupils could enter the wizarding world set in the library via Platform 9 3/4 where they were greeted by floating lights, Hedwig's theme and witches and wizards dressed in Madam Malkin's finest attire, glad to finally be out of their Muggle disguises. Cam W provided a much more delicious way to be sorted into houses by baking cupcakes with different colour icing inside; red for Gryffindor, blue for Ravenclaw, yellow for Hufflepuff and green for Slytherin.
This year's official theme was 'Fantastic Beasts' so pupils were taught how to fight off some of the more dangerous magical creatures by using the correct spells. Fwoopers were hushed by silencio, dementors banished with expecto patronum, a bad doxy infestation was dealt with by scourgify and a grindylow's grip broken with incendio. Will W, Archie T and Sofia R all received the highest grade of 'O' (Outstanding) in this test and were congratulated by the DADA teacher. Mr Battman officially received a 'T' (Troll) for his efforts but was awarded 20 house points for his enthusiasm in "wand flair and spell delivery".
A mass breakout from Azkaban orchestrated by the ingenious Ravenclaw Mr Ravenhall had the Aurors in a panic and searching for the Dark Wizards. They were particularly worried about Mr Ling (a self-proclaimed and proud Slytherin) who they suspected to be the ring leader of this notorious gang and who even got a mention on the Muggle news. They set up a photo booth to create 'Have you seen this wizard?' wanted posters using Muggle Boomerang technology to give the photos the appearance of moving like they do in the wizarding world.
Madam Hooch having recently taken up a position as Holyhead Harpies Chaser coach was replaced by Mr Le Berrigot (Gryffindor) as flying instructor and Quidditch coach. By using a green screen pupils were able to fly on a broom, hand-crafted by Mr Ling, through the Forbidden Forest, up to the Astronomy Tower and to play as Seeker in a Quidditch game trying to catch the elusive Golden Snitch.
Hufflepuffs were particularly pleased at the Honeyduke's sweet stand and Miss Gitsham's (Slytherin) 'Hagrid Rock Cakes' and 'Cockroach Cluster' treats.
Miss Gitsham had arranged a pop quiz to see, "if you aren't as big a bunch of dunderheads as I usually have to teach". The questions were as tough as dragon hide and in a close finish Ravenclaw feathers were ruffled as Hufflepuff took the victory.
Without a time-turner the night had to come to an end but it was a fantastic time had by all; witches, wizards, muggles and squibs. Mischief managed.