Most people abide by certain rules in libraries: don’t talk, whisper if you must and don’t eat or drink. A library would be the last place one would throw a party, especially the library in a highly respected school of library science.
Why then, one might ask, was the School of Information and Library Sciences (SILS) library at UNC packed with people dressed like wizards, all snacking and socializing last Friday? It was Harry Potter Night.
Organized by SILS and run by students of the school to celebrate Hallo-weekend, Harry Potter Night began last Friday at 6:30 p.m.
Guests had to register online to attend and were greeted at the door of the SILS library by the “Sorting Hat” and assigned one of the four houses — Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw — from the books. The houses then competed for points at various stations to win the “house cup” at the end of the night.
The stations included an arts-and-crafts table, a trivia contest, a slime-making station, a scavenger hunt, a virtual-reality video game called Broomball and more. There were plenty of Harry Potter-themed snacks as well, and a bowl of Butterbeer. Most participants came in some kind of costume.