Hartlepool library becomes Hogwarts for the day

THINKING HATS ON: The St Helen's pupils took part in a Harry Potter quiz during the event held by Headland Library
THINKING HATS ON: The St Helen's pupils took part in a Harry Potter quiz during the event held by Headland Library

CHILDREN had a magical time when Headland Library was turned into Hogwarts school for wizards for the day.

Library staff took part in national Harry Potter Day by inviting young bookworms in to enter the world of the boy wizard.

Year Five pupils from St Helen’s Primary School spent a morning reading from the best-selling books and taking part in fun activities that also helped their learning.

The class of nine and ten-year-olds devised magic potions, made bookmarks, and designed badges for the different school houses in the books.

Rachel Bennett, Year 5 teacher at St Helen’s, said the day was a big success with the pupils.

She said: “We did it to celebrate Harry Potter Day and the children enjoyed doing a range of activities to find out more about the character.

“They took part in word searches and made Harry Potter style potions which was good to develop their vocabulary by talking about all the things they would put in them and the spells they would cast.

“It was a really good event because it included practical activities, where the children spent 10 to 15 minutes on each on.

“We already have a Harry Potter after school club on Thursdays but I think the event with the library will inspire even more of them to come to the club and to read more.”

One pupil won a copy of a Harry Potter book for the best piece of work created during the session.

Librarians Margaret Dixon and Karen Jordan dressed up in wizard robes and hats.

They also invited other children to join in the fun during the afternoon.

Similar fun-filled events at libraries across Hartlepool and East Durham for the first nationwide day of celebration.

It was supported by Bloomsbury Children’s Books and the Reading Agency, to share the wonder of JK Rowling’s stories and introduce the next generation of readers to Harry Potter.