Hogwarts in St. John's: Local school gets magical transformation
Harry Potter Day an annual tradition at St. Bonaventure's College
St. Bonaventure's College held its annual Harry Potter Day on Friday, and Grade 3 students got the full magical experience.
Like any school year in the wizarding world, students began by boarding the Hogwarts Express.
After the train to school, students gathered in the Great Hall to sing the school song — yes, of course there were floating candles!
You can't do magic without a wand, so every student got outfitted at Ollivander's Shop.
Inside the shop students tried out a few wands before finding The One.
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Getting your first wand can make a witch or wizard hungry, so afterwards everyone stopped by the Honeydukes sweets shop.
Colleen Stone, a mother who volunteers at the school, spent months constructing the legendary Hogsmeade store. Treacle tarts, chocolate wands, butter beer, Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans — she had them all.
But life at Hogwarts isn't all songs and sweets. Students also had to take important classes, such as flying lessons. This year, parents constructed a zipline so students could ride their broom down the field.
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Potions class is also mandatory. These students learned the fine art of brewing a good Polyjuice.
And of course, no Harry Potter Day would be complete without some excellent costumes.
Students were guaranteed a day of fun...even if they went into the Enchanted Forest.
A 15-year tradition
Harry Potter Day has been an annual tradition for the Grade 3s at this school for the past 15 years.
It started as a day of board games and movies, but every year it's grown into a bigger and bigger celebration of the wizarding world.
"It's just evolved into something more spectacular than I could ever imagine," said teacher Jaline Rowsell, who reads the book to her students every year.
This year, Rowsell and parent volunteers started planning for the event in February.
Heather Carroll (pictured as Bellatrix Lestrange) was a student at the first Harry Potter day in 2002. Now she's a teacher at St. Bonaventure's College, and loving the event more than ever.
As for the students' experience?
"It was really, really fun," confirms Grade 3 student Isobel Acevedo,
"It was really, really cool."