COLUMBIA — Wizards, a sorting hat, owls, wand decorating, a gnome toss and a Dolores dunking booth were just some of the magical offerings at the Hogsmeade Carnival on Wednesday afternoon at Hickman High School.
“My favorite part was making the dragon,” 7-year-old Noah Owens said.
Tasting the Harry Potter-themed jelly beans? Not so much.
“I tried the skunk spray, rotten egg and soap-flavored jelly beans," Noah said. "Yuck.”
The woman behind all the magic was Columbia Kiwanis Club president Jennifer Roberts. Last year, the event started out as a Harry Potter Trivia Night with some booths set up she said. This year, the Hogsmeade Carnival was on its own day, with more booths and more publicity, she said. The Columbia Kiwanis Club and the Hickman High Dumbledore’s Army teamed up to create the carnival to raise money for the Eliminate Project, a global effort to wipe out neonatal and maternal tetanus.
“The Eliminate Project is where the real magic is,” Roberts said. “Every eight minutes a child or woman dies of tetanus. Every $1.80 we make saves someone’s life.”
Animals were among other favorites at the carnival.
“I really liked petting Hagrid’s dog,” said 11-year-old Amanda Kurukulasuriya. “I also really liked how everyone in charge of the booths made you believe in it.”
Gus, a 7-year-old Neapolitan mastiff, was the center of attention as he played the role of Fang, Hagrid’s giant dog.
“He’s a Sagittarius, and enjoys long walks on rainy days,” said owner Betsy Smith. “Oh, and he likes rap music.”
Keeping Fang company, was none other than a 7-foot-1-inch Hagrid who sat in a giant-chair sized just for him. Hagrid refused to break character as he waited patiently for his dragon egg to hatch.
Also present at the carnival were owls Ebanezer and Eskimo Razoo provided by the Raptor Rehabilitation Project, an organization of the MU School of Veterinary Medicine that rescues injured raptors.
Both Ebanezer and Eskimo Razoo are education owls who are used to attending events where kids are present said Woodrow Petrovic, owl handler.
Also at the carnival, parents could purchase their kids galleons — currency used in the Harry Potter books — for a dollar each from Gringotts Bank.
“It’s something fun to do at the beginning of summer,” said parent Bridgid Kinney. “It’s cute and a creative thing to do with the kids.”