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Harry Potter Book Night

February 7, 2015

As a parent I am always trying to find new and exciting opportunities for my children. Whether it is treating them to see a new film at the cinema, visiting a local museum or attraction, or taking them to an array of local activities that are available within libraries, town centres or farms.

Whilst looking on the Waterstones website last month to book tickets for a special surprise for Roo I noticed that they were running a free Harry Potter Book Night. Knowing how much both Roo and Tigger enjoy Harry Potter I pencilled it onto our family calendar to attend.

Harry Potter Book Night

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With an array of different activities for the children (and adults) to take part in the Harry Potter Book Night held lots of magical fun.

Thursday evening after school we visited our local Norwich Waterstones store which had been decorated throughout with lots of Harry Potter memorabilia from letters with owls delivering them, floating candles and fantastic signs directing us to the different activities that had been set up.

Sorting hat

The sorting hat was available to sort the children in to houses every half an hour. Roo and Tigger lined up to take part in the first round of sorting with Tigger going first (which is so unlike him). He wasn’t too impressed to find he had been sorted into Hufflepuff, however took his sticker and allowed Roo to take her turn. The sorting hat landed on a question mark allowing her to choose her own house, which of course was Gryffindor. Not wanting to see Tigger upset she swapped her sticker with his so that he could be part of Gryffindor instead of Hufflepuff.

Hunt the Golden Snitch

Hidden throughout the store were eight golden snitches, each with its own letter. Once collected they spelt out one of the spells from the Harry Potter stories. We had a bit of a problem finding our last golden snitch, but with a little bit of help we were able to locate it (we’d walked past it at least three times). This was Tigger’s favourite activity, happily walking around the store seeking out the golden snitches.

For correctly identifying the spell the children received a sweet treat, personally I would have loved this to have been a Harry Potter bookmark or similar, something corresponding to the evening rather than just sweets.

Roo and Harry Potter

Harry Potter Quiz

The Harry Potter Quiz had us looking for seven different objects hidden around the store. Each object then had a question attached which required us to use our Harry Potter knowledge to answer.

Roo especially loved finding and answering the quiz questions with only a little bit of spelling help was needed from me.

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Goblet of Fire

Roo’s favourite Harry Potter film is the Goblet of Fire, (I think she has a thing for Cedric Diggory – I can’t say I blame her) so when she spotted that they had one in store she immediately wanted to find out what she had to do.

Taking a piece of paper, you had to write your name on it, scrumble it up and then take steps away from the Goblet of Fire depending on your age (i.e. as Roo is 8yrs old, she had to take 8 steps), then throw your name to see if you could get it in the Goblet of Fire – sadly Roo’s throwing isn’t great so she didn’t quite manage to get her name in.

Harry Potter

Make your owl postal owl

Every witch or wizard needs their own postal owl, so with the help of a template Roo and Tigger set about making their own version of Hedwig, complete with letter ready to be delivered.

A man looking at the camera, with Harry Potter

A magical evening

We had a truly magical evening, Roo and Tigger looked super cute dressed as Harry Potter and Herimone Granger (if I do say so myself).

(Honestly Tigger did enjoy himself despite his grumpy face – I think he was sick of me taking photos)

The store was decorated beautifully and the staff were welcoming and helpful when we couldn’t find our last golden snitch. A wonderful free event that I really hope they will host again.

Do your little ones love Harry Potter?


  • Charlotte Braithwaite February 7, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    OMG this is so cool.
    I have yet to read any of the books but I’ve watched a couple of the films. Myself and the other half actually spoke about doing a Harry Potter Movie Marathon one day. Wish us luck LOL
    Thanks for sharing lovely – Looks amazing

    Charlotte x

  • Hannah February 7, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    So jealous! I’m a massive harry fan had no idea these events are going on so disappointing to miss out. But so pleased you all enjoyed it looks fantastic fun xx

  • Jen aka Muminthemadhouse February 7, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    It is things like this that my two miss out on living in the middle of nowhere. We looked in to it, but the travel would have been 40 mins each way!

    • Polka Dot Boo February 7, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      Our local store is 20 miles away but as hubby works in the city we were able to combine it with meeting him from work etc.

  • Phoebe February 7, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    My boys are Harry Potter mad, though my teen would find this too young for him now, my 9 year would love it. Lovely photos!

  • Mums do travel February 7, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    My whole family loves the Harry Potter books and films. This sounds like a brilliant evening.

  • Otilia Stocks February 7, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Oh How lovely Sarah. it is so nice when kids get to do what they love. My girls don’t know about Harry Potter yet but will definitely introduce them to it very soon.

  • Donna February 7, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Oh wow, I would have loved this! I cannot wait until Little Man and LP are bigger to introduce them to Harry Potter x

  • Mina Joshi February 7, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    Oh I would have loved the Harry Potter event!! My niece too is crazy about Harry Potter. She has read all the books, watched the movies and is now talking of finding a job at the Harry Potter Theme park!!

  • mandi February 7, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Sounds like a fab evening, the children were too ill to go, fingers crossed they do another one xx

  • Kara February 8, 2015 at 7:14 am

    I would have loved to go to our local one but hubby was late night and it was too late to take the little ones out.

  • Rachel February 8, 2015 at 11:24 am

    I have to admit to absolutely hating Harry Potter – my kids are all too young for it still – but this looks lots of fun for kids and HP fans!

  • The Diary Of A Jewellery Lover February 8, 2015 at 11:56 am

    I bet all the children loved this night! It looks like it captured their imagination.

  • Ness February 8, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    What a brilliant evening. My daughter loves Harry Potter. I’ll have to see if the Waterstones in the city does events like this.

  • oana79 February 8, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    It looks brilliant, I hope Emma will get into them as she grows older, I loved the books as a young adult!xx

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  • Michelle February 8, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    Ahh it look alike they had a great time! Such a good idea! xxx

  • Debbie February 8, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Oh wow! That looks like such an awesome night for any Harry Potter fan. Your photos are absolutely gorgeous! (Does this mean you’re getting along with your new lens?) x

    • Polka Dot Boo February 9, 2015 at 5:55 pm

      I’m loving my new lens (can you tell), not being able to zoom in or out means I have to line up photos better

  • Ryan Costello February 8, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Wow… I had no idea that Waterstones did things like this. No idea at all. Me and my wife would have loved it.

  • ninjacat February 9, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    we have always loved Harry Potter here , my son grew up with it and we have happy memories of going to see the films at Christmas

  • Sylvia February 9, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    OMG! This is just brilliant! I would love to take part in this too I’m a big Harry Potter fan 😀

  • Fritha Strickland February 14, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    I can’t wait to get Wilf into harry potter! x

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