A magical event: Library celebrates ‘Harry Potter Book Night’

Wizards, witches and Muggles may test their Triwizard Tournament skills at the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library’s fourth annual Harry Potter Book Night.

In J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” three champions faced challenges in the tournament that tested their magical prowess, their daring and their powers of deduction.

Starting at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 6, local children, teenagers and adults will join the worldwide celebration of Hogwarts most famous student, Harry Potter. Guests may test their knowledge and skills by competing in enchanting games and making magical crafts at the library, 1101 Bethel St.

“For people my age, the ‘Harry Potter’ series are books that came out when we were teenagers and our early 20s,” said Tiffany Luna, library operations director. “Now, it’s something you can share with your whole family. Everybody has an interest in it.”

When guests arrive, they will enter Ollivander’s Wand Shop. Wizards, witches and Muggles will receive a wand and a Marauders Map to guide them through the book night activities.

“From there it’s just whatever you want to do,” Luna said. “The whole building is up for grabs.”

Participants will either be sorted into one of the four Hogwarts houses — Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin — or they may try on the Sorting Hat to see where they belong.

Luna said some people may know their house already or choose their own, but all wizards, witches and Muggles will receive a house button.

A trivia game begins at 4:30 p.m. Points will be awarded to each house represented. The evening will include a scavenger hunt and an adults-only escape room, which is open every 15 to 20 minutes throughout the night.

Uniting the recent “Fantastic Beasts” prequel movies with the Harry Potter books will be guests from the Woodlands Nature Station in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. The 4:45 p.m. presentation will feature discussions of “The Fantastic Beasts of Kentucky.”

Like the Triwizard Tournament in “Goblet of Fire,” guests may make their way through the Triwizard Maze to receive a prize, while supplies last, Luna said.

At Three Broomsticks on the second floor, there will be Table Quidditch, Butterbeer and snacks.

Table Quidditch “is a nod to the beginning of the book,” Luna said. “That’s the first thing you see in the opening scenes is they’re all going to the World Quidditch match.”

Winners of the costume contest will be awarded at 5:30 p.m. in three age groups — children, teenagers and adults.

“This one is based on the characters in the book,” Luna said. “So, they will be judged regarding how closely they resemble these characters, the creativity of their costumes. It will be fun.”

Years after the last Harry Potter book was published, Luna said the series — and events like book night — remain popular.

“I think people are always attracted to (books) that allow your imagination run wild — and just the magic of it all,” she said. “I also enjoy the growth and changes in a (character). I think people enjoy that too. You basically grew up along with these characters.”

Reach Michele Vowell at 270-887-3242 or mvowell@kentuckynewera.com.

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