Eternal glory awaits you at the Dover Public Library’s third annual Harry Potter Day!
Join us and participate in the Triwizard Tournament on Saturday, July 28 from 9am to 12pm for an early celebration of Harry Potter’s birthday. The event will end with a Harry Potter trivia competition at 12pm.
Attendees will be whisked away to Hogwarts through Platform 9 ¾ where their personality traits will help to decide which house they belong to. After they are sorted, they will represent Hogwarts in the 2018 Triwizard Tournament against rival schools Durmstrang and Beauxbatons. Their training will begin with picking out the perfect wand at Ollivander’s; practicing “nox”/“lumos” spells by making a light switch cover; and creating an owl companion to help them along the way.
Champions will try their hand at several “extremely dangerous” tasks. They must attempt to steal away an egg from a dragon in a Quidditch match; locate lost Hogwarts objects in a Scavenger Hunt for a chance to enter a raffle for a Harry Potter prize; navigate a maze to find the Goblet of Fire and put their name in the cup; and challenge Voldemort to a duel in the photo booth area. A Harry Potter-themed Escape Room will also be available throughout the day for those who pre-register for a spot. Attendees can then celebrate at the Yule Ball with some butterbeer and other refreshments.
Individuals dressed in their finest witch and wizard wardrobes are invited to participate in a costume contest to win a special Harry Potter prize at 10am. The contest is for all ages and a panel of judges will decide the winning costume. Another Harry Potter prize will be awarded to the winning team in the Harry Potter trivia competition.
In addition, witches and wizards can help “Feed the Muggles!” by bringing one non-perishable item with them to donate to the Harry Potter Day food drive. Each person who brings an item will receive a lightning bolt keychain while supplies last. The food drive will continue at the library until Saturday, August 11. All donations will go to the Community Action Partnership of Strafford County’s food pantry. The drive is sponsored by OWLS, a local community service group affiliated with the library, and a chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance.
Harry Potter Day festivities continue on Tuesday, July 31 at 6pm when the library will be showing a special Interactive Movie version of “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” in the Lecture Hall. Those registered to attend will receive a gift bag filled with props, and a script to help act out the scenes in the movie. Costumes are encouraged and registration is required. To sign up, call or visit the library’s website.
Harry Potter Day is free and open to the public. For more information about the celebration activities, visit http://library.dover.nh.gov or call the Dover Public Library at 603-516-6050. Library hours are Monday-Wednesday 9am-8:30pm, Thursday-Friday 9am-5:30pm, and Saturdays 9am-1pm.