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Thursday 25 April 2019

Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry is recreated

Robyn Collins and Jessica Young at the Griffin Door
Robyn Collins and Jessica Young at the Griffin Door
Louise Foley as reporter Rita Skeeter

Mary Fogarty

Harry, Ron and Hermione walked the halls of St Laurence's last Thursday for World Book Day, as part of their Potteresque celebrations.

Teachers and students created an enchanted wonderland at school, using JK Rowling's Harry Potter books, and more specifically Hogwart's, as their inspiration.

Even the least enthusiastic of readers loves a bit of Potter, and last Thursday everyone got in to the spirit of the day.

They dressed up as characters, and even objects from the stories - including the golden snitch from the fabled game of quidditch, and characters such as Dumbledore, the Weaslies and the house elves. There were baddies on-site too - much to the concern of worried parents. Villainous Bellatrix Lestrange, dubious Dolores Umbridge and even the most evil of them all - 'He Who Shall Not Be Named' (go on then - Voldemort).

The children were mixed into different houses - Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw, leading to a mix of all age groups in every class.

They experienced school life as they would in Hogwarts, and completed 'traditional' subjects. For example there was quidditch for PE, potion making in science, writing spells in English and more.

They also recreated some of the most famous scenes from the books, such as Platform 9 and three quarters, and Ollivander's wand shop.

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