Magical time at North Walsham Harry Potter event

North Walsham Library Harry Potter event - wandmaking

North Walsham Library Harry Potter event - wandmaking - Credit: Archant

Wands and potions mixed with fiction and biography when the magical world of Harry Potter unfolded at North Walsham Library.

North Walsham Library Harry Potter event - hats and muggles

North Walsham Library Harry Potter event - hats and muggles - Credit: Archant

A free event was staged among the bookshelves through a joint project by the library service and Arts North Norfolk.

Thirty five children, plus parents and families, were drawn to the wizardry session.

It started off with the sorting hat, which allocated everyone into their houses.

There was a comedy potion-making sketch, a trivia quiz, fancy dress competition and Diagon Alley Hunt, named after the story's famous wizarding street, where items were hidden around the library.

North Walsham Library Harry Potter event - Hermione and a frog.

North Walsham Library Harry Potter event - Hermione and a frog. - Credit: Archant


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Winners picked up free cinema tickets for films at the Atrium.

The evening ended with storytelling; a chapter from the first book The Philosopher's Stone.

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Joseph Ballard, director of Arts North Norfolk who hosted the evening as a professor said: 'We're delighted with the response we've had.

'It combined using the library, reading skills, fun and theatre all at the same time.

'I was surprised at how much the younger children knew about the world of Harry Potter and how enthusiastic they were to take part.

'We've a whole host of other participatory activities throughout spring and it would be great to see this kind of support again.'

One of the youngsters at the Harry Potter event, Rachel Portway, aged six, from North Walsham said: 'We had a magical time and we all liked dressing up.

'The potion making was really funny and I got all the Diagon Ally Hunt questions right. Everyone went quiet for the story at the end and we all said a spell to wish us goodbye.'

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