Harry Potter club takes off at Rock Bridge

About 20 students will participate in activities based on the fantasy books.
Thursday, September 30, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 4:55 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

“Ravenclaw!” “Gryffindor!” “Slytherin!” “Hufflepuff!”

The four houses gathered in one of the atriums at Rock Bridge High School, democratically discussing who would be the head of each House of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at the year’s first meeting of the Harry Potter Club.

Initially the creation of sophomores and co-headmasters Nuzhat Chowdhury and Sara Moesel, the club adds to an already diverse extracurricular scene.

“Rock Bridge had all these other clubs — like anime club and Japanese club and all these other clubs — but they didn’t have a Harry Potter Club,” Chowdhury said.

The club’s 20 or so members were grouped by house and each will elect a head. The houses received 50 points for today and will be rewarded for attendance, bringing new members and creating ideas — just as Harry Potter and his classmates would if they were good students.

The club follows the structure of J.K. Rowling’s Hogwarts School, the location for her series of books about the boy wizard.

However, things are a little more complex for these real-life students: the lack of magic is a bit of a drag for certain things, like trying to play the fantasy game Quidditch on land without flying broomsticks.

Junior Laura Russell and seniors Hannah Gold, Anna Jensen and Sarah Magee showed their spirit anyhow, sporting homemade “Quidditch World Cup Champion” T-shirts. The four are on the “Chudley Cannons” team, and the shirts represent their fictional victory at the Quidditch World Cup in Belgium this year.

Chowdhury and Moesel have big plans for their newfound group, including starting an e-mail newsletter and a Web site which will be a “portkey” site — a transport device from the fourth and fifth books — for other Harry Potter fans across the world. The club’s next meeting will be Oct. 12.

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