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UNC hosts Harry Potter trivia event

Adam McCune, an graduate student studying English, poses as Mad-Eye Moody for CUAB's Potter Palooza Thursday night, where students participated in Harry Potter-themed trivia and a costume contest. McCune said he dressed as the character because he already had the clothes. He said he also has divided feelings about Mad-Eye Moody in the novel.

Students who had UNC as a back-up to Hogwarts got a chance to leave their Muggle lives for a while and share their love of J.K. Rowling’s magical world.

About 60 students participated in a Harry Potter trivia event Thursday, which included a costume contest.

The event was a part of Carolina Union Activities Board’s second annual Potter Palooza, which will continue with movie screenings on Friday and Saturday in the Union Auditorium.

Senior Jesse Vineyard, CUAB film chairman, coordinated the event.

“We’re just doing this to have fun and promote the movies,” Vineyard said.

“It’s all about putting on events we think students will enjoy and using student fees the best way possible.”

Junior Kelsey King, an English and medieval and early modern studies double major, dressed as Rowena Ravenclaw in a homemade costume.

“I went to the event last year,” King said. “It was really well done.”

To participate in the trivia event, students put their names into the Goblet of Fire.

The trivia ranged from ordinary wizarding level questions such as the way to repel a bogart to trickier wizarding trivia, such as Draco Malfoy’s wife’s name, information that wasn’t in the books.

The first, second and third place winners received replicas of the Elder wand, Voldemort’s wand and Potter’s wand.

Freshman Kristen Reeder, a chemistry major, dressed as Hermione Granger.

“I was Hermione for Halloween, so I already had the costume,” Reeder said.

“I’m a little bit obsessed.”

Sophomore Rachel Tarwater, who insisted on being called Luna Lovegood, summed up why college students are still so enchanted with Harry’s magical world.

“We grew up with it,” she said. “It’s part of our childhood.”

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