Tonight I was lucky enough to be a part of Harry Potter book night! A whole night dedicated to the Harry Potter books and magic. For a nerd like me I was beyond excited after getting tickets a few months ago. I have to admit though when I first put the uniform on I looked about 14…which came in handy later when I got children’s prices for things, hahaha.
I met Joe in central, getting no strange looks as of yet, that was until I had my cloak on going up the escalators to get to the street then there were a few laughs and giggles. It seemed weird that there weren’t more people dressed up, the closer we got the more I started to laugh, surely we couldn’t be the only ones dressed up?
Luckily we weren’t, nor were we the oldest there, in fact there were only a few kids at all (but they did have the best costumes). The evening itself wasn’t bad apart from being read to, one of my biggest peeves even when I was a kid. Unless you’re JK Rowling you can’t read to me and expect me to enjoy it. That said after a bit I warmed to the idea. Then the competitions started, of course I wanted to win and even the girl next to me agreed my hand was shooting up so fast it felt like Hermione was sitting next to her. My Hermione-like ways won me a copy of Harry Potter with the new cover! Free books are always the best fun for me.
I also managed to make a friend below is Pepper, an adorable 7 year old who is finding Harry Potter for the first time. She chatted, had made her own owl and won a prize for best costume (the hat was also pretty cool). I loved talking to her and her Mum because it reminded me (and Joe) that there are kids still finding harry for the first time! It seems so long ago since I did. It is amazing and I hope that I can pass on the love of that world to my own children later on.
Pepper with her prize!
I was also fortunate enough to meet and get my book signed by the new illustrator and hear how he created the covers after NEVER watching or reading Harry Potter! I couldn’t believe it! That said, I think that it made the covers better, he wasn’t influenced by anything. The covers are truly based on the words, which is pretty incredible.
Original artwork on display!
All in all it was a great night even if it didn’t last long and it ended after I’d managed to fall on my face, before going for cocktails! I had a great catch up with Joe and got to celebrate some of my all time favourite books 🙂