Young bookworms at a county academy have taken part in the first worldwide Harry Potter book night.
The wonder of JK Rowling’s unforgettable stories was shared in libraries, bookshops, community centres and schools across the world, and at The Blyth Academy, students who have enjoyed the Harry Potter books and films were anxious to introduce the next generation of readers to the unparalleled magic of the stories.
Pupils invited children from neighbouring Horton Grange Primary School to share in an afternoon of magic, when they could learn how to make potions and wands, dress up as wizards and listen to excerpts from the first book of the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Academy students provided art work to turn the academy’s library into the world of Harry Potter, with the ‘Leaky Cauldron’ at the doorway, a painted brick wall for Platform 9¾ which led to the Hogwarts Express, Flourish and Blotts bookshop, the Owl Emporium and other magical places.
On arrival the children were guided by students from years 11 and 12 who used the Sorting Hats to choose the houses of Gryffindor, Slytherin, Huffflepuff and Ravenclaw.
Having tapped on the platform wall they were guided into the world of wizards, witches and muggles.