Fort Walton Beach Library to host Harry Potter-themed events.
FORT WALTON BEACH — If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, your time has finally come. The Fort Walton Beach Public Library has two events planned that will allow both young and old magic fans to delve into the wizarding world of Harry Potter.
The first event, Harry Potter Young Witch and Wizard Prep-school, is scheduled from 2-5 p.m. Monday, July 31 and will be for children 7-13 years old.
“July 31st is Harry’s birthday, so that is when we are having the children’s program,” Library Manager Tricia Gould said. “It’s a family event really geared to the 7-13-year-old age range, but the whole family is welcome.”
Events of the day include a sorting ceremony, a potions class, Harry Potter trivia, prizes and snacks.
“The potions class is kind of like science experiments, and the library staff will be running it with volunteers,” Gould said. “People can wear costumes, school uniforms or whatever they like to wear for this Harry Potter-themed event.”
As for the adults, Gould said she just couldn’t leave them out. A second event, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Alumni Party, will be from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 for high school age students and adults.
“Well you know, Harry Potter is multi-generational now,” she said. “Parents read the books when they were teens and we wanted to hit all the populations.”
The adult night will include live music, treats, a sorting ceremony, Harry Potter themed classes, trivia and the issuing of Hogwarts I.D. cards. Real library cards will also be available.
“We are going to learn about charms, care of magical creatures and defense against the dark arts,” Gould said. “And we will have a trivia event to see who will win the house cup.”
Gould said this will be the first year for the Harry Potter-themed adult party and the second year for the kid’s event.
“We did the children’s one a couple of years ago. It was very successful, but this is our first time out for high school students on up to the old wizards, so we will just see how it goes,” she said. “We will be using the whole library and showcasing new areas that we have done.”