Harry Potter magic takes over Barking library

Yanis, six, and Meriem Yebbou, eight, at the Book of Spells

Yanis, six, and Meriem Yebbou, eight, at the Book of Spells - Credit: Archant

Potter fans swapped books for broomsticks as they cooked up some after-school magic in celebration of their favourite literary wizard.

Budding wizards and witches found themselves spellbound at Barking library last night as they were swept into a world of sorting hats and spells.

“This is the first time we’ve done it – I was a bit nervous but it’s a good turnout,” said library member Kiran Ahmed, who magicked up the afternoon.

“It’s about having the opportunity to dream and imagine, and get things you don’t have in real life,” the Potter enthusiast said of Harry’s appeal.

Youngsters were able to try on a sorting hat on arrival, with joy greeting a Gryffindor selection and a shrug for Hufflepuff.

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Others were busy making broomsticks and magical door hangers, while older wizards pitted their Potter knowledge against their peers.

Imaani Alom, six, from Eastbury Primary school, was found scribbling spells at the arts and crafts table.

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“My favourite thing is Harry’s wand because of the magic in it,” said the young witch, clad in Potter scar and glasses.

Jeerin Sasikaran, eight, from Ripple Primary School added: “I watched a Harry Potter film when I was in Year 2. I like it because it’s interesting.

“My favourite is Harry, but Snape is kind of bad. When I’m older I want to read the books.”

A mythical creature competition and questions on polyjuice rounded off the event, as parents lost their children to a whirl of magical excitement.

Mum Archana Wankhade had accompanied her two girls Ariana, four, and Mishka, two-and-a-half. She said: “It’s great for the kids, they love being away from routine.

“We got them these costumes for Hallowe’en but didn’t use them them so this is great!

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