To the person who clipped the ad for Hogwarts Homecoming and gave it to Eve at school… thank you. I’ll confess, however, that “thank you” wasn’t my first thought when she brought it home, beaming from ear to ear about the event and the fact that someone had thought of her and clipped the ad and mysteriously given it to her. I had also seen the ad in the paper and NOT mentioned it to her. Intentionally. It sounded like a lame “church basement” sort of event. No offense to church basement events, but I didn’t think it would entertain my child for long enough to be worth the drive.
Boy was I wrong! The event took place across the whole village green, including multiple buildings. They had a chance to meet the snakes of Hogwarts, learn about owls, get a wand, make potions, visit Honeydukes, do a scavenger hunt, and more. I was amazed at how many grownups were there! Everyone was encouraged to wear costumes, and the volunteers looked great! I was impressed by the amount of thought was put in to the event and the attention to detail. It was a lot of fun! Eve and I were exhausted by the end!
Here are a few pictures. I put lots more in a Google album: Hogwarts Homecoming
Every building on the green had a copy of the Daily Prophet on the front step.
At Olivander’s, getting a wand.
Honeydukes! Yummy treats.
Divination with Professor Trelawney.
Honeydukes (again) for butterbeer. They were the first time we went through. Can you tell she’s wearing down? Can you read the posters on the back wall?
They even put thought into the decorations in the bathroom!
We passed Farm-Way on the way home! I’ve always seen the ads and heard the rave reviews, so we decided to stop and check it out. It’s a big store that has lots of stuff. Including chairs for sitting in. We were tired.
We tried out lots of chairs at Farm-Way!
Eve dozed the whole way home!
What an unexpectedly fun day! So thank you, again, to the mysterious stranger who cut out that ad and gave it to Eve. I take back all the negative thoughts I had about you initially. :) We plan to go back again next year, with friends!