Witches and wizards in West Norfolk tested out their potion skills last week in celebration of one of the world’s most famous characters.
Visitors to Gaywood and Downham libraries were transported to Hogwarts on Thursday for Harry Potter book night, and there was plenty of magic to be enjoyed.
This year, the event focused on the professors of Hogwarts, and around 60 young witches and wizards tried their hands at the spells and potions that professor Snape and Gilderoy Lockhart would have taught.
Community librarian Elena Parkin said: “The events went really well. We had hunts for golden snitches, crafts, and quizzes.
“But they all really enjoyed the potion making, that was their favourite – one person said the potions ‘couldn’t have been better’.”
The potions really captured the chilren’s imagination, as they saw the liquids change colour and react, Ms Parkin added.
Those who attended dressed in robes and pointy hats with wands in hand, as their fictional counterparts would have too, with some even ending up as inmates in the notorious Azkaban Prison.
This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the release of J K Rowling’s first instalment of the series – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, but the magic is very much still alive.
Ms Parkin said: “The parents who brought their children grew up with Harry Potter and were passing it down to their children at these events.
“These kids are the second generation who are being introduced to it, they weren’t born when it first came out, but this is keeping everybody still interested in it, and encouraging them to read, because there’s so much more in the books.”
Bloomsbury, which published the tales of the boy who lived, hosts the Harry Potter book nights annually, with a different focus each year.
The events are held internationally, with book nights in Dubai, Cairo, New Delhi and Moscow, as well as West Norfolk.