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Dumbledore's Army gives students Hogwarts experience

by Alexandra Weaver - Lifestyles Editor
Tue, Oct 3rd 2017 05:00 pm
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After answering all the sorting questions, Zakiya Tripp, a new member of Dumbledore's Army, was sorted into Slytherin.
Photos taken by Alexandra Weaver/Lifestyles Editor After answering all the sorting questions, Zakiya Tripp, a new member of Dumbledore's Army, was sorted into Slytherin.
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Every now and then, a little escapism is healthy. Dumbledore’s Army, The College at Brockport’s Harry Potter club, provides exactly that for fans of the series. If you never got your Hogwarts acceptance letter, don’t fret. On Wednesday, Sept. 27, the club hosted its own sorting ceremony as a way to kick off the semester. 

Many of the 30-some attendees were new to the club. Zakiya Tripp, of Slytherin, saw the poster outside of the Seymour College Union Ballroom and decided to drop by because she loves Harry Potter. Whether they were returning members or new members, the club was very welcoming. 

Club members lined up to be sorted. They were asked to pick from an assortment of items grouped together in fours, like fruits: an apple, an orange, a lime or a grapefruit. After all, the sorting hat does see everything in a witch or wizard’s mind’s eye, not just the deepest facets of their respective personalities. 

Once the members were sorted, they sat down at their house’s table and began crafting their own wands. Many members brought their own sticks, while others made theirs out of wooden dowels that were provided by the club. Stephanie Dudrak, of Hufflepuff, decided to bring a pencil rather than a stick. 

Sabrina Bentley, a Hufflepuff, and president of Dumbledore’s Army, describes the club as fun and easy-going. It has many similar events over the course of the year. Its schedule of events includes a “Deathday” party, which will be similar to a Halloween Party, but centered around Harry Potter, the semi-formal Yule Ball at the end of the semester and a volunteering event during the spring semester where the club will work with kids in the community at Lift Bridge Book Shop. 

“This club has the best events,” Mikayla Heiss, a Ravenclaw, and treasurer of Dumbledore’s Army, said. 

The club has regular meetings on Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. where members discuss future events and do smaller, just as magical activities. 

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