Local schools join with Cobham Hall for Harry Potter Book Night

Local primary school children saw Cobham Hall transformed as Hogwarts for the day to celebrate Harry Potter Book Night.

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7th February 2020 — Each year in February, Bloomsbury Publishing celebrate Harry Potter Book Night and this year Cobham Hall decided to turn their 16th Century Manor House into their very own Hogwarts. The whole of Year 4 from nearby Cobham Primary, along with a number of girls from Steephill Prep School, were invited to take part in a day of spells and magic.

The children, who arrived bedecked in capes, lightning bolt scars on their foreheads and wizard hats, gasped as they entered Cobham Hall’s Gilt Hall to the sound of music from the films. They were greeted by ‘Professor’ Mangan, Cobham Hall’s Head of Muggle Relations (and who also teaches Voice, Drama and Communication). Professor Mangan oversaw the Sorting Ceremony, which split the group into their Hogwarts Houses.

Once sorted, the children had their first chance to show their wizarding potential by solving puzzles to break into a box containing the Philosopher’s Stone. They coped marvellously with the challenges, which included a visit to the ‘Restricted Section’ of the library. They were supported by their House Prefect – one of Cobham Hall’s Sixth Form pupils – and were rewarded with a treat when the box was finally opened. The children then split into two groups, with the first heading to their Potions Class, where they created a number of potions, using ingredients such as ground unicorn horn, dragon’s drool and powdered basilisk skin! The second group took part in Frog Choir, learning and performing “Something Wicked This Way Comes”.

After enjoying a roast beef lunch with Cobham Hall’s Year 7 and 8 girls, the children were rewarded with certificates and a goody bag of Bertie Botts’ Every Flavour Beans and a Chocolate Frog. Mrs Joshua, Cobham Primary’s Year 4 class teacher who accompanied the children, said afterwards, “Thank you for a magical day, it really was special and the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves.”

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About Cobham Hall School

Cobham Hall School is the only Round Square Independent Boarding and Day School for girls aged 11 - 18 in the UK.  We believe that education should extend beyond the classroom to personal development and global responsibility.  The Curriculum is interwoven with girls encouraged to apply learning from one subject to another, and challenged both inside and outside the classroom.  Through this integrated approach, Cobham Hall aspires to produce young women capable of more than just passing exams; young women who can step into the world with confidence in their abilities, ready to embrace opportunities, and embody Cobham Hall’s motto: ‘There is more in you than you think.’

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