Beginning on Sunday, March 19, Waynesburg University’s Student Activity Board (SAB) will be hosting Harry Potter Week in the Beehive. Throughout the week, SAB will be showing Harry Potter films in consecutive order leading up to the premiere of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” the following Sunday, March 26.

The showings for the movies will be 3 p.m. March 19, 8:30 p.m. March 20 through March 25 and 2 p.m. March 26.

The cool part about ending with “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” according to Julie Wise, graduate assistant for student activities, is that the movie is not available commercially yet, so students will be able to see it outside of theatres before the general public does. 

 “We like to do movies as pre-releases, so before you can get them to own at your own home,” said Wise. “So that’s why we are trying to do it now and push it in right before [it comes out] because “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” comes out on [DVD March 28].”

Wise also noted that there will be various themes throughout the week that students will be able to get involved in. 

“Each day that we have the movies, we are kind of trying to get the themes towards that movie specifically,” she said. “That is what we are trying to do to give it that atmosphere to really get [people] into the movies.”

Students will also be able to compete for prizes throughout the week, as they will be placed in their respective “house,” according to J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore website, and will collect points for their house through for various activities. Students will have the option to join Pottermore and figure out which house they belong to, whether it be Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin. There will also be a costume contest, March 24, where a single winner will be chosen for best costume to win.

Snacks and drinks will be readily available for the duration of the event, including popcorn, candy and butterbeer, a Harry Potter drink tasting like butterscotch, and snacks geared towards each theme.  The first two Harry Potter movies will run through dinner, so SAB will also have pizza available Sunday, March 19.

The general consensus so far, according to Wise, has been overwhelmingly positive heading into the event.

“A lot of students that we have talked to are really excited about it,” she said. “For SAB, when we were planning it, [we] were super excited. And then there were some students who we kind of pulled here and there to see what other students liked [and] they seemed super excited about it too.”

Wise encourages students to go to the Beehive and see what the event will be like, noting that SAB will be putting more effort into this event than most other events they have done previously. 

“It’s going to be a very different event than what we have had in the past, so definitely if [students] are interested at all I think it will be worth it to come out even just one of the nights just to see what it’s like,” said Wise. “We are decorating probably the most for this event that we have ever decorated for an event, so we are really excited about that. It’s going to be a fun atmosphere with everyone getting involved and all the workers are getting really into it.”

For more information about Harry Potter Week, look around Waynesburg’s campus for fliers promoting the event, check out Stover or contact Wise at jwise@waynesburg.edu.

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