Bewitching Blanchardstown

Fingal Libraries
by Fingal Libraries on October 9, 2017.

There was magic in the air in Blanchardstown Library on Thursday, August 17, as staff members opened the doors of Blanchardstown School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In July, a small committee of witches and wizards came together to create a programme of events for our young borrowers, which encompassed all the fun and magic of […]

There was magic in the air in Blanchardstown Library on Thursday, August 17, as staff members opened the doors of Blanchardstown School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

In July, a small committee of witches and wizards came together to create a programme of events for our young borrowers, which encompassed all the fun and magic of JK Rowling’s books. Once the date and time were set, work started on decorations, which included a large – and extremely life-like – sorting hat made by one of our own staff members.

The Harry Potter Display in Blanchardstown Library

The Harry Potter Display in Blanchardstown Library

While the event was open to 7-12 year olds, we also opened an art competition, which asked children aged 4 – 12 to draw their favourite Harry Potter characters. We got so many creative entries and they formed a large part of our displays for the day.

From 3pm, our students came in to be sorted and to choose their wand – or, as Ollivander explained – be chosen by their wand! Many, just like our staff members, had dressed for the occasion, with some fabulous Gryffindor Robes and even some time-turners on show. Almost forty children attended, so we formed four groups; The Order of the Phoenix, Dumbledore’s Army, The Inquisitorial Squad and the Slug Club. Each group had to work together in order to earn points for their group and win the House Cup.

Aoife, Paul & Jennifer from Blanchardstown School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with some fellow students

Aoife, Paul & Jennifer from Blanchardstown School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with some fellow students

As two groups went in to the lecture room to test their Harry Potter knowledge in our table quiz, the remaining two groups had a very important task at hand: The Horcrux Hunt. Voldemort’s horcruxes were hidden in among the junior library and our young witches and wizards had to follow the clues and find all seven in order to vanquish the Dark Lord!

After some fun Harry Potter-themed games and discussions, the groups swapped activities before the winner of the House Cup was announced and the prizes presented. As well as their wand and house crest, each attendee got a goodie bag, containing some games, a ticket for the Hogwarts Express and a letter from the Principal of Blanchardstown School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, amongst other things. Afterwards, many of our borrowers were able to take advantage of our extensive book and DVD displays to further immerse themselves in the spectacular world of Harry Potter.

Harry Potter Art Competition

Harry Potter Art Competition

It was a very successful afternoon, which was enjoyed by both staff and students. Many are already looking forward to future events, so in the words of the Marauder’s Map -  Mischief Managed!

 

The Harry Potter Photo Frame

The Harry Potter Photo Frame

By Aoife Carberry, Blanchardstown Library, aka “Blanchardstown School of Witchcraft and Wizardry”

NOTE: A magical adventure awaits in Fingal County Libraries.  Click into our online catalogue and explore the extraordinary Harry Potter series in its many forms, including illustrated editions, DVD’s and audio editions.