Hogwarts comes to Helen Morgan School

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:13

    SPARTA - On Friday night, May 7, a strange phenomenon occurred: the Helen Morgan School became enchanted. Students entered via the floo network, arriving through a fireplace into the shops of Diagon Alley. They walked to Gringott's Bank to withdraw galleons, sickles and knuts from their accounts and then headed off to Flourish and Blott's to purchase their school supplies: Hogwarts workbooks and feather quill pens. What a treat it was for the students to receive an autograph from author and celebrity Gilderoy Lockhart (a.k.a. Vice Principal Michael Gregory). After Flourish and Blott's it was off to platform 9 3/4 where Mrs. Weasley helped direct first years through to the Hogwarts Express. Upon arriving in Hogsmead, all students stopped in at the Three Broomstick's Inn for a mini-mug of butterbeer and a visit to Honeyduke's for candy: Bertie Bolt's Every Flavor Beans, pixie sticks, pumpkin gum and muggle M&M's (imported for a limited time only). Then it was on to Hogwarts. All students were sorted upon arrival into one of the four houses: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin. Next was a quick game of Quidditch bean bag toss, and then on to potions. After all had been sorted, the house professors gathered their students for a trivia contest, owl races and finally a "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" book discussion. The points for the competitions were tallied and Headmaster Dumbledore (a.k.a. Principal Dennis Tobin) announced the results. Finishing in fourth place was Slytherin House; in third place, Ravenclaw; in second place, Hufflepuff; and in first place, Gryffindor.