Harry Potter Book Night casts a spell over Hartlepool and East Durham youngsters

Central Library host's a wizard fun session for children. They are celebrating their first Harry Potter book night. This is Noah Bowes, aged 8.
Central Library host's a wizard fun session for children. They are celebrating their first Harry Potter book night. This is Noah Bowes, aged 8.

HARRY Potter cast a spell over young fans during a series of wizard events across Hartlepool and East Durham to celebrate the best-selling books.

Children flew down to libraries to join in a host of magical activities for the first ever Harry Potter Book Night.

Central Library host's a wizard fun session for children. They are celebrating their first Harry Potter book night 'Isobel Hanley aged 9

Central Library host's a wizard fun session for children. They are celebrating their first Harry Potter book night 'Isobel Hanley aged 9

Budding witches and wizards in fantastic fancy dress attended an event at Hartlepool Central Library.

It featured readings from the book, crafts, potion-making and a chance to test their tastebuds with their own butter beer from the much-loved books.

The event showed the magic of Harry Potter is still alive and well in young readers despite it being several years since the final story was published.

Jackie Johnson, Hartlepool Central Library officer, said: “The books are very popular, all the children love them and the whole theme of Harry Potter.

Central Library host's a wizard fun session for children. They are celebrating their first Harry Potter book night 'Seth Mulgrew aged 5

Central Library host's a wizard fun session for children. They are celebrating their first Harry Potter book night 'Seth Mulgrew aged 5

“Lots of children dressed up for the event and really got into the spirit of the occasion with little scars on their foreheads.

“I don’t think the books popularity is going to go away.

“We had around 60 to 70 children and their families so it was a really lovely event.”

Throston Library, in Hartlepool, also joined in the event.

Central Library host's a wizard fun session for children. They are celebrating their first Harry Potter book night

Central Library host's a wizard fun session for children. They are celebrating their first Harry Potter book night

Creative staff helped to transform the building into a mini Hogwarts with floating candle sticks and displays of the book’s magical Platform 9 and 3/4 which Harry and his friends disappear through in the stories.

Children from Throston Primary School dressed up, took part in games and also tucked into Butter Beer and Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans.

Competitions were held for the best poem, spell and drawing based around the books and prizes were awarded.

More fun and games were held at Peterlee Library, as children up and down the country celebrated the magic of Harry Potter.

Central Library host's a wizard fun session for children. They are celebrating their first Harry Potter book night 'Hope Jordison aged 8

Central Library host's a wizard fun session for children. They are celebrating their first Harry Potter book night 'Hope Jordison aged 8

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