Hogwarts in the hallways at King Middle School

This Friday night, to celebrate the opening of Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows: Part 1 (the seventh and penultimate offering of the Potter films), 24 King middle-schoolers will have what sounds like an incredible sleepover: "puzzles and games, a Muggle-Quidditch relay race, Harry Potter trivia, a trip to the late show of the new movie, and a school-wide Harry Potter scavenger hunt in the middle of the night. After returning from the movie, the students will pair up and wander around the darkened school looking for items that one might find in Hogwarts classrooms, such as potions, magical creatures and vanishing cabinets, as well as Voldemort’s horcruxes."

DOESN'T THAT SOUND LIKE SO MUCH FUN????? Reminds me of From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, a young-adult book in which two kids run away from home and hide out in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or My Teacher Sleeps In School, a book for even younger kids that explores the wonder of what happens in school after all the children leave. 


The King students were chosen based in part in their participation in a contest that asked, “Where do you think is the best place to break Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows into two parts?”

Oh, and in case you didn't feel old at all today, here's this: "Many of the King students who will participate in the sleepover weren’t even born when the first Harry Potter book was published in the United States 12 years ago."

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