The British School of Bucharest Harry Potter Book Night

On Thursday 7th February, the enchanting and magical world of J.K. Rowling, portrayed in the amazing Harry Potter series, came to life for a couple of hours on our very own campus.

We held our 4th annual ‘Harry Potter Book Night’ which was attended by BSB students from Year 4 to Year 8. This year’s magical theme was Hogwarts - the magical school where Gryffindors, Hufflepuffs, Slytherins or Ravenclaws learn how to become excellent practitioners of the mystic arts… and more!

For those of you who are not acquainted with Harry Potter lore, the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is located in a vast castle atop a high mountain and was founded by two wizards and two witches, Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Salazar Slytherin and Rowena Ravenclaw.

Just like the BSB, Hogwarts is a place of learning. It has a wonderful heritage and an amusing yet wise motto:

Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus (Never Tickle a Sleeping Dragon)

The night’s festivities started in typical Hogwarts manner, with a Sorting Ceremony to divide the pupils into the four Hogwarts houses, Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Slytherin and Ravenclaw. One by one the pupils sat on a chair, placed the Sorting Hat on their head then drew out their house name from the magic container. The process went without a hitch and with no wicked spells uttered.

Once everyone was assigned to their magical house, the night’s activities continued with a picture-card game where knowledge of the Harry Potter books and visual memory was challenged.

Next , drama skills and acting ability were tested in a one of a kind acting event. It was a clear rule that no Polyjuice Potion could be used during this activity!

After a few more activities and a break for a snack, it was time for the ‘Hidden Hogwarts Quiz’, a deeply delving series of questions assessing how well our students really know Hogwarts. All we are going to say is that Professor Dumbledore would be extremely proud of everyone’s excellent performance, pupils and teachers alike.

Until next year, we will leave you with one of our favourite Dumbledore quotes:

“Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open”, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

The Harry Potter Book Night is a chance for fans young and old to celebrate J.K. Rowling’s wonderful series and to pass the magic on to new readers who haven’t yet discovered these unforgettable books. It is a worldwide event aimed at fans of the series, young and old.