Harry Potter Book Night - "Triwizard Tournament"
Click below to see a video of the kind of activity we're talking about:
We at The Book Bungalow, along with almost all the other shops in Green Gate Village, are going to hold our own Harry Potter Book Night from 4 to 9 pm on Thursday, February 6th, including a miniature version of the Triwizard Tournament--the theme for the evening. So, for that evening only, Green Gate Village will become Hogsmeade (without the snow). We decided to start a couple of hours before it grows dark, so those families with young children can enjoy the atmosphere and then leave whenever they like.
All who want to attend are encouraged to look for the train tracks and begin at Hogsmeade Station (transformed from The Barbers of Green Gate) where they will be checked in, sorted into Hogwarts Houses and Triwizard Tournament Schools (for those 13 and older), and given an orientation map and details of activities. (Infants and toddlers are also welcome, but they won't be sorted since the Sorting Hat might just swallow them.)
At 6 pm, The Barbers will become Zonko's Joke Shop, where one of the Triwizard dragons may end up being hidden along with its egg.
The Book Bungalow will become Dervish and Banges from 4-6 pm, providing fun games and activities for children aged 3 to 12. Then, at 6, we'll transform to Hogwarts for the beginning of the tournament.
Judd's Store will become a combination of Three Broomsticks and Honeydukes, where hungry and thirsty witches, wizards, and Muggles can buy Butterbeer, wizarding candy and snacks, witches brews (soups), and snitchwiches (sandwiches).
Field Study (in the back of our store) will transform into Scrivenshaft's Quill Shop, where children aged 3 to 12 can make their own quills and engage in other writing and drawing activities from 4 to 6 pm. Selected tournament champions may also later find their dragon and egg hidden somewhere in this shop.
Other Green Gate Village shops that may be harboring a dragon and golden egg include Twisted Silver (as Borgin and Burkes) and Cosy (as the newly remodeled and high class Hogs Head Inn).
Please come in costume, whether you're young (0-12) or old (13+) because there will be a costume competition for both groups, with fun Harry Potter-style prizes. And it definitely adds to the atmosphere. But if you're not inclined to dress up, come anyway because Muggles are also welcome!
Each younger and older participant will be sorted into one of the four different Hogwarts houses upon arrival. The Sorting Hat will stand ready to put them in Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, or Slytherin.
In addition, those 13 and older who want to enter the tournament will be sorted into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Durmstrang Institute, or Beauxbatons Academy of Magic and will be automatically entered into the drawing for the tournament.
At 6:10 pm, four names will be drawn from the Goblet of Fire--two from Hogwarts, and one each from Durmstrang and Beauxbatons--so don't be too late because the tournament will begin shortly thereafter! The contest will consist of three challenges, to some extent mirroring on a much smaller scale the challenges that Harry Potter, Cedric Diggory, Viktor Krum, and Fleur Delacour faced in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
To gain an advantage in the tournament, we suggest re-reading Book 4, particularly the history and trivia surrounding the Triwizard Tournament. You might want to also familiarize yourself with the rules of the board game "Harry Potter Labyrinth."
To gain an advantage in being selected as a school champion and competing, please be aware that every time you make a purchase from our store or other participating Green Gate Village stores between January 5th and February 5th, you will receive an additional free entry card into the tournament. Obviously, the more entry cards you are able to put into the drawing, the greater your chances will be to be drawn as one of the four competing champions. The ultimate prize is the Triwizard Cup.
Even if you're not selected as one of the four champions, you're welcome to stay and watch the competition as long as you don't get in the way of their challenges.