Harry Potter Club gets sorted out

A summary of the growing Harry Potter Club.

Matthew Corrigan, Harry Potter Club BEAT

Grab your wands and your Nimbus 2000 because there’s a new club coming off the train station at platform 9 3/4.  The school has many clubs, but one is much different than any other.  The Harry Potter Club is run by anatomy teacher Maggie Molledo. The club meets every third Monday in her classroom 3-100 with the next meeting being held Monday.

“The Harry Potter Club is all about the Harry Potter Books and the Harry Potter series.  It’s a whole different world,” Molledo said. “It’s a work of make believe that follows the life and times of the Harry Potter characters.”

During the club’s most recent meeting, members performed a ceremony where they wear the sorting hat in order find out which house they belong in. 

“The kids already sorted themselves on the Pottermore website, so we use that information to sort them,” Molledo said. “It was really funny.”

Like in most other clubs or organizations, there is a hierarchy. 

“We have a president, then there is a prefect for each house,” Molledo said. “The prefects are the leaders of each house: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin.”

Molledo said members can dress up as their favorite character, but no one ever does. Members can wear Harry Potter T-shirts and backpacks and earn points for their house.

Molledo said she would love to be able take the club on field trips to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Theme Park Orlando, but “we can’t take any school time off, it would have to be on the weekends.”  

So instead they have gone to Barnes and Nobel book store and did a book fair set-up. 

Molledo said she hopes club members will meet up for the new “Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald,” which is scheduled to open at the Premiere Oaks 10 on Nov. 16.

By Matthew Corrigan