Harry Potter fans ‘cast spell’ at library

Published 10:56 am Wednesday, August 2, 2017

PORT NECHES — Chelsea Moore stood at a small podium, feathered pen in hand, and accepted students into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with a smile.

Moore, wearing a T-shirt bearing the phrase “Polyjuice makes me Moody,” asked each student if they knew which Hogwarts house they belonged to before presenting them with a certificate and motioning to the room behind her at the Effie and Wilton Hebert Public Library in Port Neches on Monday.

A small crowd soon formed where the fans of the world of Harry Potter brought out their robes, wands and knowledge of the series’ seven books and eight movies for Harry Potter Trivia Night.

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Joseph and Tyler Chereck are proud members of Slytherin House.

“I’ve read the books twice,” Tyler Chereck said.

His friend, John Bukowski, came in clad in a Hogwarts shirt and holding a case bearing the “elder wand.”

Bukowski, who also read the books and saw the movies, said he actually belongs in the Hufflepuff House but opted to hang out with his friend during the game.

But the fun wasn’t only for adults.

Deanna Sullivan tapped her creative side as she dressed as Neville Longbottom’s boggart, or worse fear turned real, that was turned “riddikulus” and appeared to be Professor Severus Snape dressed as Longbottom’s grandmother.

Sullivan had the look, down to a large bird on top of her hat.

“It (Harry Potter books) takes you to a different place, out of your self, to a world where magic is possible and feasible and tangible,” Sullivan said.

During the game the teams chose a head boy and head girl who answered the questions with the help of teammates. But to chime in, each one had to speak a spell, or word. Gryffindor chose “nox,” Hufflepuff chose “stupefy,” Ravenclaw chose “lumos,” and Slytherin, true to some of the books characters, chose one of the unforgivable curses, “crucio.”

The trivia night was also a time to recognize the book’s hero, Harry Potter, on his birthday, July 31. There was cake and “butter beer,” which was actually cream soda, ice cream and whipped cream on top.

Harry Potter would have been 37 Monday.

Reporter: Mary Meaux, 409-721-2429

Twitter: MaryMeaux@PANews