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Potions and quidditch as Bancroft’s School, Woodford Green, celebrates Harry Potter Week

PUBLISHED: 11:22 23 October 2017 | UPDATED: 11:24 23 October 2017

Bancroft's School marked the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter. Picture: Bancroft's School

Bancroft's School marked the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter. Picture: Bancroft's School

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Quidditch came to Woodford Green when Bancroft’s School turned into Hogwarts for a week to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book.

Cressida Jamieson, 11, meets Toffee the barn owl, with Lisa of Eden Falconry. Picture: Bancroft's SchoolCressida Jamieson, 11, meets Toffee the barn owl, with Lisa of Eden Falconry. Picture: Bancroft's School

Year 7 pupils swapped their school uniforms for wizard outfits, dressing up as their favourite JK Rowling characters.

A whole variety of activities were held every lunchtime and after school – crafts, quizzes, debates and potion making. The most popular, and possibly the most bizarre, was quidditch which was played, earthbound, on broomsticks in the sports hall at the school in High Road.

Quidditch referee and physics teacher Jayson Ceeraz said: “I’ve never seen anything quite like this in a school before!”

Throughout the week children competed to win house points for an inter-house competition, which was won by Ravenclaw (aka School House).

Bancroft's quidditch players celebrating the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter. Picture: Bancroft's SchoolBancroft's quidditch players celebrating the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter. Picture: Bancroft's School

Eden Falconry brought along a selection of beautiful owls and gave a fascinating insight into these birds to the pupils.

During a flying demonstrations, Toffee, a barn owl, took a fancy to the rafters in the hall and it seemed for a while that not even magic spells would lure her down!

The week was the brainchild of chief librarian Kate Squire. She said. “I wanted to do something special for our new Year 7s to welcome them and make them feel at home in their new senior school.”

Ali Kahn,11, said: “I really enjoyed Harry Potter week as it enabled me to do a variety of ‘magical’ activities. These were really fun.”


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