During the October half term 2016, Novel English journeyed to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardary! The course was based all around that most loved first novel of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series, where we follow 11 year old Harry as he discovers that he is a wizard and takes up his place at Hogwarts, where he faces adventure, mystery and the world of magic to which he belongs.
The course began with a welcome tea for the participants and their parents, which was an even more lively affair than usual, so excited were the children to begin the course! It was the busiest the Novel English dining room has ever looked, as the course was fully booked with eight children!
During the five days, the children held a first night midnight feast to illustrate Hagrid’s arrival into Harry’s 11 birthday night, chose their wands in a particularily magical way, journeyed into the Forbidden Forest at twilight with wellies and torches, and were sorted into their respective houses by the sorting hat.
All this activity was centred around plenty of feasting, food included lots of roasts and puddings varying from treacle tarts, apple crumbles and chocolate cakes!
The children took to the acting elements of the course enthusiastically, deciding amongst themselves which characters they were to play and the scenes they most wanted to concentrate on.
The play was performed to parents and family as usual on the final afternoon (luckily the weather held up so the we were able to perform outside) and a tea party consisting of specially made caldron cakes were consumed with wizard-like gusto!
As always, we would like to thank everyone who attended the course, and put so much hard work into it! We hope to see you at upcoming courses, not least Fantastical Worlds: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, which will be held in a year’s time: October Half Term 2017!