Yesterday, we celebrated Harry Potter Night- and a great time was had by all. The excitement started when each child received their invitation by Owl Post last week.
The Sorting Ceremony took place on Tuesday where each Hogwarts' student nervously awaited their turn to wear the sorting hat and pick the colour of their house. There were cheers as children joined others who now belonged to Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw.
Posters warning everyone about an escaped Wizard from Azkaban and Undesirable Number One started appearing around the school. These bore an alarming resemblance to certain members of staff...
And before we knew where we were... it was time. Students gathered in the entrance hall before being collected by their house master or mistress and led to the Great Hall. Here the House tables were laid out ready and the students took their places.
We started with a reading from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone before each House went to their first activity. Over the course of an hour, they hunted for socks in their house colour to free Dobby (Hufflepuff might have cheated just a little!), solved the Scavenger Hunt (did Slytherin move the cauldron?), made character boxes and visited Gringotts to change their Muggle money into Knuts, Sickes and Galleons before going shopping at a mixture of Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade.
Quality quills were available at Scrivenshaft's Quill Shop, a wealth of sweets at Honeydukes, (edible!) wands from Ollivander's and hot chocolate or Butterbeer from The Leaky Cauldron.
Back together in the Great Hall, the school faced the House Quiz. Answers had to be given by the Head of House, but only answers given by children were accepted (Professor McGonagall!). Hufflepuff had an advantage in Harry who is our resident Harry Potter expert, but Gryffindor gained the most house points on the night and were the winners of the House Cup full of sweets! (Has Professor McGonagall shared these with her house yet..?)
We had a wonderful evening! Many thanks to all the children who came and to the staff for their dressing up skills and support! We can't wait until next year!