By Jaynelle Stevens,
With the Halloween spirit’s arrival, members at Seton Hill University (SHU) held the second annual Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Dinner. The event took place on Thursday, October 14, in Lowe Dining Hall and was designed to reflect ideas from the Harry Potter series. The dinner was open to all students, staff, and as well as the public who were interested in attending.
Due to the interest of students on campus, the resident assistants involved were able to organize this event along with the assistance of the Student Activities Office. �Being a student teacher, I enjoy this [event] because it helps promote literature, and its not just for kids, but its for adults too� said Senior Mike Malecki, master of ceremonies.
The event took much time and preparation, as well as two hours of decorating by the committee and the dining hall staff. The dining hall was decorated with material that complimented the Harry Potter theme, which was planned to get more enthusiasm for the event. The costume theme held at the ceremony was similar to the characters that appear in the Harry Potter movies.
Those in attendance of the event were invited to design and wear any creative costume of choice. The event featured a viewing of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
In addition to the costumes, food, games, and fortune telling, there were also skits acted out from the actual Harry Potter movies during the dinner. Portraying Harry Potter was Dave Slampak, junior, along with many other SHU students playing characters from the movie.
In addition to students, some members of the SHU faculty and staff were also involved with the enactment. William C. Black acted as Professor Dumbledore, Geoffrey Atkinson as Professor Lupin, Joshua Sasmor as Professor Vector, and Sr. Mary Alma Vandervest portraying Madam Pince. When asked about the event, Black said, � Just the interaction with students and other faculty and staff members was exciting, it was a great time for fantasy.�
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