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Dumbledore's Army sorts students at wand making event

by Shelby Toth - Staff Writer
Tue, Sep 17th 2019 09:20 pm
 Dumbledore's Army held its annual Sorting Ceremony and Wand Making event. Those in attendance were sorted into their Hogwarts house  and enjoyed themed snacks while being able to make their own wands.
Dumbledore's Army held its annual Sorting Ceremony and Wand Making event. Those in attendance were sorted into their Hogwarts house and enjoyed themed snacks while being able to make their own wands.

To an outsider, Dumbledore’s Army appears to be the kind of club where one would need knowledge on the wizarding series Harry Potter to join. However, the e-board would have to disagree.

“You don’t have to have read the book; you don’t have to have seen the movies,” Treasurer Cassidy Wiesmore said. “We’re just here to have fun.”

This energy carried into the club’s first big event this year, the Sorting Ceremony and Wand Making. This event is annual, dating back to roughly 2014 according to President Emily Russell. This year’s iteration was hosted in the Union Ballroom on Friday, Sept. 13, and was open to all people.

Students in attendence were surrounded by detailed decorations making it feel authentic, including letters addressed to Harry Potter hanging from the entrance to the room. Four tables were set up to mimic the Great Hall, while a projector displayed a picture of the hall from the movie to set the scene with Hedwig’s theme playing in the background. Each table had different decorations, ranging from flowers to potions, representing each of Hogwarts’ house colors.

The night began with snacks, which were all labeled to reference a Harry Potter delicacy including Chocolate Frogs, Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans and Butterbeer. 

To open the event, the e-board addressed the attendees and explained the first part of the night: the sorting. Students were called up by name to sit on a stool in front of the ballroom where the “sorting hat” would sort each student into their respective house. 

Most students who were at the event already knew what their house was and wrote it down next to their name when they arrived. When it came time to be sorted, the Dumbledore’s Army member voicing the hat read off each student’s desired house.

After that, students were able to make their own wands. Small wooden dowels were provided as well as glue, feathers, beads and paint in order to craft the wands exactly how each student wanted. As the crafting began, the e-board of the club thanked everyone for attending and expressed their gratitude for the amount of people who came.

President Russell explained that while coming to college can be intimidating for new students, the environment of Dumbledore’s Army is always open.

“We’re all welcoming,” Russell said. “If you don’t have any friends who want to come here and you’re shy about coming alone, just come. You can make friends here.”

The next big event for the club will be the annual Death Day party based on the series’ Halloween-centric bash. 

For those interested in joining, general meetings are mostly spent planning for events like the Sorting Ceremony and Wand Making, according to Vice President Molly French. The club also tries to stay active around campus.

“We do try and be involved with community service,” French said. “Emily, and our treasure Cassidy, they did move in for a whole week this semester.”

French explained they have increased their involvement this year in order to try and become more of a campus presence than in years prior.

For more information on the club or upcoming events, students can go to myBROCKPORT.

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