Hog­warts School emerges at Drumheller Li­brary

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Terri Hux­ley The Drumheller Mail

(l - r) Univer­sity of Cal­gary Quid­ditch Head Coach Sam Mills; Vol­un­teer Pro­fes­sor Dum­ble­dore Lothar Malm­berg; Vol­un­teer Slytherin house leader Sarah Boe; and FCSS event co­or­di­na­tor and Pro­fes­sor Mcg­o­na­gall Vol­un­teer April Har­ri­son.

Harry Pot­ter book worms came to cel­e­brate the 20th an­niver­sary of the first Harry Pot­ter book re­lease at the Drumheller Pub­lic Li­brary on June 28, 2017.

The li­brary was trans­formed into the Hog­warts School of Witchcraft and Wiz­ardry with as­sorted props, cos­tumes, signs and en­thu­si­as­tic vol­un­teers.

“We are so thank­ful to ev­ery­one that sup­ported the event with do­na­tions, prizes, props, cos­tumes, and ev­ery­thing else like time,” said April Har­ri­son, head co­or­di­na­tor of the event. “We are so thank­ful to ev­ery­one that gave up their time and their en­ergy to re­ally sup­port this event.”

The night un­folded with a sort­ing cer­e­mony for each of the four houses; Gryffindor, Raven­claw, Huf­flepuff, and Slytherin.

“It was re­ally great, we had a good turnout of adults and loads of kids,” said Har­ri­son. Par­tic­i­pants of all ages were whisked away after the sort­ing cer­e­mony to dis­cover their fel­low house mem­bers and ex­plore the trans­formed li­brary.

“I think they were so thrilled to be sorted and all the kids in the house wel­comed them and re­ally kind of took them un­der their wing,” said Har­ri­son.

Be­gin­ners quid­ditch was in­structed by Univer­sity of Cal­gary Quid­ditch head coach Sam Mills. After a quick train­ing ses­sion on ba­sic rules, the in­di­vid­ual houses were teamed up to play, ul- ti­mately gain­ing more points.

At the end of the night Raven­claw was able to claim the house cup for this year.

“We loved see­ing the en­thu­si­asm and cre­ativ­ity of the vol­un­teers who helped bring this story to life,” said Emily Holling­shead, Di­rec­tor of Li­brary Ser­vices. “The re­sponse from the at­ten­dees was won­der­ful, and we look for­ward to preparing new sur­prises for them next time.”

A friendly game of quid­ditch was un­der­way at the Harry Pot­ter 20th an­niver­sary party on June 28, 2017, at the Bad­lands Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity (BCF) and lo­cal Li­brary.

Nic Hewitt and Amy Hewitt dress up like Harry Pot­ter for the fun filled evening.

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