“The One where Harry Potter invaded our school”
I was talking with a coworker and we were discussing our extra workload for this semester. I was explaining (ok, ok, more like complaining) that there was barely time during the day to pee, let alone take on any additional projects and plan activities. I just mentioned that this semester it would be too hard do anything extra, I’m here to teach the kids English and that’s just what I’m going to do… it was a nice thought in theory.
No less than 24 hours after that conversation I was talking to another coworker and the topic of “Library Week” came up. She had asked if I could help with some decorating ideas because, like last year, I was able to jazz the place up with my decorating know-how. I was completely okay with this since I don’t see decorating as much “work” for me, it’s a place where I am comfortable and feel in my element. She then proceeded to tell me about this years’ theme which happened to be “Harry Potter.” For the next 10 minutes I was throwing out all of these ideas for activities, games, and decorating designs, while my eyes were getting wider with excitement just thinking about it. I’m not quite sure of the exact details of what happened in the minutes that followed, I think I might have blacked out, but all I know was when I walked out of that room, I was one of the heads of the project and in charge of planning activities for both the primary and secondary levels. The only thing I could do at that point was just shake my head and smile. It’s just not in my nature to say no to people and I like being helpful, besides, who doesn’t like a challenge? And with a theme like Harry Potter, I was up for it.
Photo Credit: @dreamercrazy
The following 3 weeks the obsession was in full swing, looking up ideas and seeing all of the Harry Potter- related materials you could ask for, asking teachers what was possible, looking up “Butter Beer” recipes, and coming up with lists of things that was needed. Off the bat I knew that I wanted to do a scavenger hunt for the kids, so we were getting creative coming up with cute rhymes for the clues. I even texted my mom my excitement when I was able to print an image of Hedwig on the envelopes and a co-worker when I found the free Harry Potter font, with the caption reading “shit just got real”… to me, I think the little details are what really brings it all together.
For weeks the library was filled with craft items, supplies, and cut-outs that were so creatively done by my coworker and every time we asked the art teachers for all of the things we needed, like chess pieces, brooms, walls, they could have easily given us the “you’re crazy” look. Instead, when we asked for a brick wall, low and behold 20 minutes later, we had a brick wall!
A Harry Potter themed school activity wouldn’t be complete without a quidditch tournament. It was absolutely hilarious watching the students, running around with painted rolled up newspapers as brooms, trying to score points by throwing the ball through the hula-hoops. Even on the last day of matches some of the other teachers and I enjoyed a little Quidditch fun!
Sure there were some little kinks in the plans, things don’t always go as smooth as you imagine them in your head, but I think there was fun had by all and that’s all that mattered. A lot of people dressed up and got into the spirit and that’s what makes it fun for the students as well. And guess which teacher got the prize for best costume for the primary level? That’s right, this one right here, for my Professor Trelawney get-up that was thrown together last minute.
Once Library week was finally finished there was a big sigh of “thank god that’s over with.” It takes a lot of work and a lot of people to get something like this accomplished. Any time there is a themed party or activity, it feels like there is a spell put over me where I crave the challenge and think, “go big or go home.”