Harry Potter Book Night

Harry Potter Book Night returns

Several of Suffolk’s libraries will be marking the third Harry Potter Book Night next month. Harry Potter Book Night takes place on Thursday 2 February and is an annual celebration of all things Harry Potter. This year’s theme is ‘The Professors of Hogwarts’.

The following events have been confirmed (all taking place on Thursday 2 February):

Felixstowe Library:

This year’s event is again being organised by Felixstowe Book Festival together with library staff and follows the success of a similar event in 2016 which was a sell-out and was attended by 60 children.

It’ll be a very special evening with a range of fun activities for children. The library will again be transformed for the occasion, with local actors playing the part of well-loved characters from the Harry Potter series and everyone coming along is invited to dress up too.

The event will run from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday 2 February and tickets are £5. The recommended age is around 7 and over and accompanying adults don’t need a ticket.

Tickets are available from Felixstowe Library and anyone interested is encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment. For more information visit www.felixstowebookfestival.co.uk, or call the library on 01394 694880.

Hannah Rowe helps co-ordinate the Felixstowe Book Festival, also works for Suffolk Libraries and has been helping to organise the Harry Potter event. She said:

“After a sell-out event last year, we can’t wait to bring Harry Potter Book Night back to Felixstowe Library for another night of magical activities and storytelling! Tickets went faster than a snitch last year and we loved welcoming 60 excited children into a transformed library to meet their favourite characters. We have a sneaky suspicion that the parents loved it just as much as the young wizards and witches.”

Some comments from children who came along to the 2016 event at Felixstowe Library:

  • “So cool, it was epic!”
  • “I loved it!”
  • “Better than the real thing!”

Ipswich County Library:

The lending library will be transformed into Hogwarts. Children will be sorted into houses, and can take part in a potions class, hunt the fantastic beasts and battle with spell casting. There will be a treasure hunt and magical quiz and anyone dressed as a character from Harry Potter has a chance to win a prize. The event at Ipswich Library runs from 4.30pm to 6pm and tickets are £4. The event is aimed at children aged 5 plus. Children should be accompanied by an adult but the accompanying adult doesn’t need a ticket. Tickets are available from the library.

Gainsborough Library:

Children and families are invited to Gainsborough Library from 4pm for fun lessons from Hogwarts professors including herbology with Professor Sprout, potions with Professor Snape, divination with Professor Trelawney, transfiguration with Professor McGonagall, flying with Madam Hooch, charms with Professor Flitwick, defence against the dark arts and care of magical creatures with Hagrid.

There is a suggested donation of £1. Spaces are limited so please book in advance at the library or call 01473 260888.

Chantry Library:

From 6pm to 7.30pm, Chantry Library are holding a free Harry Potter event. Come dressed as your favourite Harry Potter character for magical fun, food and drink. This event is run in association with Ipswich Children’s Book Group.

Southwold Library:

Come along for Harry Potter-themed crafts, games and fun. Children will be sorted into Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin and compete against the other houses for prizes. There will also be a prize for the best costume. The event is free and is being funded by the Friends of Southwold Library. The event runs from 8pm to 7pm and there is no need to book.

Newmarket Library:

A free evening of Harry Potter themed fun from 4pm-5.30pm. Children are welcome to dress up as their favourite Harry Potter character. Book your place by contacting the library on 01638 661216 as space is limited.

Great Cornard Library:

Come along in fancy dress for a night of magical fun, activities and spells! Tickets are £3 which includes all activities and refreshments. The event runs from 5pm to 7pm and is recommended for ages 8 and above. Accompanying adults come free. Please call 01787 315195 for further details.

Sudbury Library:

The fun starts at 6pm and there will be a range of activities including a sorting hat ceremony, Platform 9¾, craft activities, games, refreshments and much more. Everyone is invited to come dressed up in costume. Tickets are £2 per children and should be bought in advance as this is likely to be a popular event. Accompanying adults do not need a ticket.

Harry Potter is the best-selling series of all time and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is the fifth best-selling book of all time with 107 million books sold.

There are 158 different Harry Potter related items on the Suffolk Libraries catalogue. This includes different editions of the novels, other Harry Potter related books, DVDs and spoken word books. In 2016, these items generated 3,922 loans.




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