Weston school goes potty for Potter

PUBLISHED: 15:00 16 July 2017

Staff at Milton Park Primary School get into the spirit of Harry Potter week.

Staff at Milton Park Primary School get into the spirit of Harry Potter week.

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It’s hard to remember a time before Harry Potter, such is the boy wizard’s impact on British culture – yet believe it or not, it’s only 20 years since JK Rowling’s first Potter novel was published.

Since then, the Hogwarts crew has gone on to become some of literature’s most globally loved characters in a book series which earned fans of every age.

Potter’s far-reaching appeal has also been a key tool in classrooms, as teachers look to capitalise on Harry’s popularity to help encourage children to take up reading at a young age – and to love it as they get older.

Last week, Weston’s Milton Park Primary School became Hogwarts to celebrate the publication of the Philosopher’s Stone, with activities built around a Potter theme and staff and pupils wearing fancy dress to lessons.

A spokesman said: “Children were able to meet owls, take part in a game of Quidditch, dress up as their favourite character and even had a visit from Dumbledore.

“It was a wonderful week and it was lovely to see the excitement from all the children and even staff.”

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