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Wizarding wonders mark Harry Potter Day

15 February 2019

This year, EHS celebrated Harry Potter Book Night over two days - because one day is nowhere near enough! There were events for all students and our efforts helped raise money for the Lumos Foundation founded by J.K. Rowling, which helps children who are systematically institutionalised across the world. 

With the library disguised as Platform 9¾ the whole school took part in some way and we even had some teachers go the extra mile dressing up for the day, notably Mrs Forrest as Mrs Weasley and Dr Raj as Voldemort. 

On Wednesday 6 February, we held a day for Key Stage 4/5. We began the day with an assembly, testing the students’ knowledge of J.K. Rowling herself, then had a Bertie Botts Every Flavoured Beans competition, where students could guess how many beans to try to win the whole tub. The answer was 1997 beans and the winner was Asmaa Choksi in Year 10. The main event was the Leaky Cauldron Pub Quiz where nine student teams took on the staff experts in a harder-than-hard Harry Potter quiz. Thanks to a lot of revision and enthusiastic last-minute prop creation, Sixth Form’s “Team Draco” took the title, beating the teachers by just one point!

On Thursday, Key Stage 3 got their turn, with a whole day tailored to them. We started with a Sorting assembly, with our very own Sorting Hat and Professor McGonagall. Students in Year 7, 8 and 9, now housed in either Hufflepuff, Gryffindor, Slytherin or Ravenclaw, then enjoyed a day full of Harry Potter themed lessons and spent the whole day collecting inflated house points for their newly adopted houses and experiencing their subjects in an entirely new way. 

Each department took on a Harry Potter subject and treated the students to a taste of the magical. Maths became Arithmancy, P.E. took on Quidditch, History became History of Magic and Classics became Runes, to name a few. See the photographs for more insight to the different subjects and their focus. Students were seen leaving lessons clutching quills or having gained thousands of house points from generous professors. At break time Mrs Hewison held a sweet sale, with bags themed to the Harry Potter house colours helping to raise money. At lunch time, KS3 students were given the chance to join our new “Harry Potter Club” for a one off session. The club which is run by Mrs Coley made acceptance letters from Hogwarts, complete with seal and calligraphy. The club will be starting in full in the Summer term for anyone wishing to join. 

In the end the points were:
1st Gryffindor - 112,765 points
2nd Hufflepuff - 112,385 points
3rd Slytherin - 102,915 points
4th Ravenclaw - 101,750 points

We had an amazing couple of days; even after 20 years Harry Potter is still a hit! We send a huge thank you to everyone who got involved in the day’s success.

Mrs Attwell
Prep School Librarian

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