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Spellbinding events across Suffolk celebrate Harry Potter Night

PUBLISHED: 20:38 02 February 2017 | UPDATED: 15:54 03 February 2017

Youngsters dressed as their
 favourite characters for a night of magic
 at  Ipswich Library for Harry Potter night.

Youngsters dressed as their favourite characters for a night of magic at Ipswich Library for Harry Potter night.

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Witches and wizards both young and old enjoyed spellbinding events across the county as Harry Potter Night marked the 20th anniversary of the first book's publication.

Youngsters dressed as their
 favourite characters for a night of magic
 at  Ipswich Library for Harry Potter night.Youngsters dressed as their favourite characters for a night of magic at Ipswich Library for Harry Potter night.

Around 40 youngsters took part in the Sorting Hat ceremony at Ipswich Library tonight before having a go at making potions, casting spells, hunting for treasure and becoming a Hogwarts professor.

Youngsters dressed as their
 favourite characters for a night of magic
 at  Ipswich Library for Harry Potter night.Youngsters dressed as their favourite characters for a night of magic at Ipswich Library for Harry Potter night.

All came dressed in their best wizarding robes and tackling each other in a series of deadly duels where their newly-found spell-casting skills were put to the test.

Professor Sprout overseeing mask making in Chantry library.Professor Sprout overseeing mask making in Chantry library.

Andrew Miller, library and information advisor, said: “It’s been brilliant and they are so full of energy.

Creating magical creature masks at Chantry library.Creating magical creature masks at Chantry library.

“We are really chuffed so many have come out today, and a lot we know as customers as well so it is nice to be supported by them.”

Youngsters dressed as their
 favourite characters for a night of magic
 at  Ipswich Library for Harry Potter night.
Daniel Dewick, Bradley Edwards and Alex Wright.Youngsters dressed as their favourite characters for a night of magic at Ipswich Library for Harry Potter night. Daniel Dewick, Bradley Edwards and Alex Wright.

Felixstowe Library once again hosted a sold-out celebration, with local actors gracing the transformed library as some of the most popular characters from the books.

Youngsters dressed as their
 favourite characters for a night of magic
 at  Ipswich Library for Harry Potter night.Youngsters dressed as their favourite characters for a night of magic at Ipswich Library for Harry Potter night.

Hannah Rowe, of Felixstowe Library, said: “We loved welcoming 60 excited children into a transformed library to meet their favourite characters.

34 children attended the Harry Potter event at Gainsborough community library, Ipswich.34 children attended the Harry Potter event at Gainsborough community library, Ipswich.

“We have a sneaky suspicion that the parents loved it just as much as the young wizards and witches.”

The Harry Potter Night at Ipswich WaterstonesThe Harry Potter Night at Ipswich Waterstones

Elsewhere, Gainsborough Library in Ipswich held an evening of lessons including potions, divination and flying, while it was all about the magical food and drink at Chantry Library.

Harry Potter Night at Felixstowe Library.Harry Potter Night at Felixstowe Library.

After being sorted into houses, participants at Southwold Library took part in Potter-themed crafts, games and fun, as Sudbury Library opted to bring platform nine-and-three-quarters to life with a series of games and crafts.

Harry Potter Night at Felixstowe Library.
Jake Macleod.Harry Potter Night at Felixstowe Library. Jake Macleod.

Fancy dress was also the order of the evening at Newmarket and Great Cornard libraries.

Chantry Library teamed up with Ipswich Children’s Book group to organise their events. ICBG provided the games, quiz, crafts and activities and Friends of Chantry Library provided additional refreshments for everyone. They had around 20 children come along.Chantry Library teamed up with Ipswich Children’s Book group to organise their events. ICBG provided the games, quiz, crafts and activities and Friends of Chantry Library provided additional refreshments for everyone. They had around 20 children come along.

But it wasn’t just youngsters and library staff getting into the magical merriment, as Ipswich Museum hosted an adults-only night of potent potions, brilliant school-bag making and stunning shadow puppetry.

More than 50 people gathered at Ipswich Waterstones for an evening of Ordinary Wizarding Levels (OWLs) putting witches and wizards of all ages to the test in their Potter-trivia.

Jem Gooding from the store said: “It’s been really, really good, and it’s lovely that the generation who grew up with it come in with their children now.”

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