Tuesday February 02, 2016

The Harry Potter generation can't let go of 'The Boy Who Lived'

Meet the Harry Potter generation 1:24

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How could a book shape so many people?

To find out, producer Shannon Higgins invited Harry Potter fans to attend a special event, an Honourary Hogwarts Cup.

Harry Potter Doc - First Letter

The tournament begins with the delivery of a Hogwarts letter. (Liam Maloney/CBC)

The tournament begins with the delivery of a Hogwarts letter. 

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizadry letter

Seven people agreed to compete in the tournament. Each was carefully selected because they feel a deep connection to a particular character from the books.

Where do we start? With Harry Potter himself.

Harry Potter Doc - Evan Hoyle

Evan Hoyle is a devoted Harry Potter fan. (Liam Maloney/CBC)

Harry Potter Quoteboard - Evan Hoyle

Evan Hoyle's love for Harry Potter is clear if you visit his childhood bedroom. Here's just a peek of his collection.

Harry Potter Doc - Collection

Evan Hoyle is a life-long Harry Potter fan. This is just part of his impressive collection. (Courtesy of Evan Hoyle)

After meeting Harry, it's time for the next set of instructions.

In the books, in order to save the world, Harry and his friends must find and destroy evil objects. Today, our champions must do the same.

Harry Potter Doc - Letter 2

Instructions for the next are delivered by owl. (Liam Maloney/CBC)

Dear Champions,

The Horcrux Hunt Letter

Harry Potter Doc - Ginny Weasley

Darcei Giles, representing Ginny Weasley, found the locket during the horcrux hunt. (Liam Maloney/CBC)

All the horcrux have been found. And not a moment too soon.

The next owl just arrived.

Harry Potter - Letter 3

The next task is delivered via owl. (Liam Maloney/CBC)

Riddle of the Sphinx Letter

Back in the dungeons... the most clever witch to ever attend Hogwarts takes on a riddle.

Harry Potter Doc - Hermione Granger

Melanie Gaudet, the documentary's Hermione Granger, reads out a riddle. (Liam Maloney/CBC)

The champions must decipher fan-made riddles. Can you solve the riddles? (Discover the answers by listening to the documentary!)

Harry Potter Quoteboard - Alessandra

Harry Potter Doc - Letter 4

The fourth letter holds the final instructions. (Liam Maloney/CBC)

Wizard's Duel Letter

Harry Potter Doc - Darcei Giles

Darcei Giles casts a spell against her opponent during the duel. (Liam Maloney/CBC)

Harry Potter Doc - Duel

Evan Hoyle duels Alessandra Di Simone, who represents Luna Lovegood in the tournament. (Liam Maloney/CBC)

And with that the Honourary Hogwarts Cup comes to an end. All that's left is to toast J.K. Rowling.

Harry Potter Doc - Toast

The group toasts J.K. Rowling with pumpkin juice. (Liam Maloney/CBC)

Harry Potter Quoteboard - Kelly

Are you part of the Harry Potter generation? Did the books change your life too? 

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The documentary All was well: The lasting magic of Harry Potter was produced by The Current's Shannon Higgins and the documentary editor was Steve Wadhams.

* FYI: New Harry Potter book to be published this summer