Get your wands ready

By Jessica Schurmann
Assistant Editor

With the first book of the Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” being released in 1998, most Viterbo students grew up with the famed fictional charac¬ters.
For five days, Viterbo students will get to break out their Harry Potter wisdom, costumes and nerdiness for VU After Dark, Honors Club and Quidditch Club’s collab¬orative week-long event.
Directly following Easter break from April 2-6, students are in¬vited to participate and compete in a variety of events that will earn points for the respective houses: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin.
From Tuesday to Friday, there will be a trivia question posted on Com¬munications. Answering correctly will gain participants House Points.
Every day there will also be two Horcruxes to hunt down on cam¬pus. The first clue will be located in the Hawk’s Nest movie room on the VU After Dark bulletin board. Solve and follow the clues to find the Horcruxes. Clues should be left up for all participants throughout the day; however the first person to find the hidden Horcruxes will bring them in to the Hawk’s Nest to claim points for their house. Win¬ners of the Horcrux hunt will also be put into a drawing to win the official sorting hat.
On Wednesday and Thursday, movie nights will be hosted in the Hawk’s Nest movie room. Come and vote for your favorite Harry Potter movie to watch and enjoy some popcorn. Students will receive House Points just by enjoying a movie.
Friday will bring a feast in the “Great Hall.” Dine in the Cafeteria from 4:45-6 p.m. and enjoy spe¬cial treats, music and decorations themed around the book series. Hogwarts attire is strongly en¬couraged so that students can get creative and earn more points for their Houses.
All of the week-long activities lead up to the grand finale: the Quidditch World Cup. Located in the Mathy Center, students will compete at 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, for their respective houses. All students are welcome to come cheer on the players in the tourna¬ment-style matches. Wizard-world treats such as licorice wands and Bertie-Bott’s Every Flavor Beans will be served as well.
For those who would like to participate and earn points for their houses, please go to, or email with name and house.

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