We had 610 Party with Potter!
"I solemnly swear that I am up to no good."
We were only expecting around 400, but we had even more than that waiting in line for us to open the doors at 7 p.m.! A whopping 610 fans came to our grand goodbye to the wizarding world of Harry Potter! Everyone received a special edition of The Quibbler from Luna Lovegood to guide them through the evening. The giant Marauder's Map and the Fat Lady Painting were also close at hand to help wizards and Muggles alike find their way. And Sir Cadogan was handing out bags to help carry all their forthcoming magical loot
The Theatre level of the library was transformed into Diagon Alley. Party goers could get their gold from Griphook the Goblin at Gringotts. They could also pick up Helga Hufflepuff's cup from Bellatrix's vault while they were there (as long as they could get past Bellatrix, who was standing guard). There were also five shops:
1. Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes - where you could use your gold to buy joke items like Canary Creams and Pygmy Puffs
2. Ollivander's - where you could get your very own handcrafted wand
3. Flourish & Blotts - where you had the chance to meet Gilderoy Lockhart, and even get an autograph
4. Eeylope's Owl Emporium - where you could fold your own origami owl with Cho Chang
5. Madam Malkin's Robes for All Occasions - which was the venue for our 8:30 p.m. costume parade and contest, hosted by the Fat Lady Painting, Tonks, and Gilderoy Lockhart
The main level of the Hoover Public Library was transformed into Hogwarts, Hogsmeade, and Azkaban Prison. Of course, to get to those enchanted places, you had to get past Umbridge and her "I Must Not Tell Lies" pen (charmed to look like a rubber stamper).
Hogwarts offered attendees a variety of magical education opportunities:
1. Professor MacGonagall oversaw the sorting and presented new Gryffindors, Hufflepuffs, Ravenclaws, and Slytherins with a house badge
2. Ginny Weasley took names for Dumbledore's Army in the Room of Requirement. She also passed out summoning coins (chocolate) and helped wizards determine their patronus (animal-shaped bracelets).
3. Professor Trelawney did fortunes.
4. Rowena Ravenclaw helped the fashion-forward wizards create diadems.
5. Madam Hootch and Gwenog Jones of the Holyhead Harpies led Quidditch practice.
6. Professor Sprout helped students repot mandrakes.
7. Albus Dumbledore passed out bottled memories from his office.
8. Beetle the Bard presented one of his famous wizard fairytales four times during the evening.
Hosmeade gave everyone a chance to eat a treat and take a break.
1. Honeydukes offered a 2-for-1 coin deal on all their candies, including Bertie Botts' Every Flavour Beans and Fizzing Whizzbees.
2. Madam Rosmerta was serving samples of Cauldron Cakes, Pumpkin Pasties, and Butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks.
Azkaban Prison gave the darkest wizards (or bravest fans) a chance to be bad to the bone.
1. Severus Snape airbrushed Dark Mark tattoos.
2. A dementor bestowed his dreaded (chocolate) kiss.
3. Death Eaters introduced the newest craze - basilisk fang necklaces.
There were also tons of characters that refused to be limited to one area of the library. Harry, Ron, and Hermione apparated to different locations. Harry passed out lightning bolt tattoos; Ron stamped Weasley Is Our King onto hundreds of hands; Hermione distributed glow bracelets. Rita Skeeter and her photographer interviewed many of our guests, gleaning gossip along the way. Mad Eye Moody and Tonks took their Auror duties seriously, patrolling the halls for troublemakers. The Whomping Willow decided it didn't want to wait for people to wander up; it pulled up its roots and smacked young wizards all along the corridor.
All in all, our final tribute was . . . I'll just say it, completely and utterly amazing! Thanks to the 45 staff and volunteers who helped make the night a magical success! Now, we say goodbye to the wizarding world of Harry Potter.