By Natasha Muhametzyanova, Contributing Writer
It’s been nine years since the last Harry Potter book was published and five years since the movie Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows was released. It is about time to add some magic to our muggle world. So rejoice, Harry Potter fans! West Liberty University students Morgan Goddard and Daniel Morgan are embracing the magical world and bringing Harry Potter Club to WLU campus, Fall 2016.
An idea to open the Harry Potter club was pretty spontaneous. “One day Morgan and I were talking, and Harry Potter came up. Then, all of a sudden, we decided to organize a club, and we made it happen,” said the club’s vice president, Daniel Morgan.
There are some events already planned for the next semester. According to the club board, interested students will go through the sorting ceremony, learn to play Quidditch and even dance at the Yule Ball. You will get a chance to meet club officers and learn more about activities at an interest meeting this April, so be on a lookout for flyers around campus.
The club board is also planning to recruit members at the fall organization fair, but the club is already getting attention. “We already found a faculty advisor and have ten students who are helping to organize the club,” said the club president Goddard.
Associate professor of English Steve Criniti became a faculty advisor for the club.
“We wanted to find a professor whom we both knew and someone who we could always go to if we need help. I took several classes with Criniti, and so did Morgan. We thought he would like this idea,” said Daniel Morgan, “though what’s funny is that Dr. Criniti hasn’t even read Harry Potter.”
Such a funny coincidence reflects the idea of making it a club for everyone. Being an expert in Harry Potter is not a prerequisite. The main goal is to make friends and spend time doing something interesting.
“We know that most of the students are involved in other clubs and organizations on campus, so we want to make it an open and fun club, not a commitment. There will be club meetings every other week. We will organize a crafts night, Harry Potter trivia and movie nights. Members are also welcome to help the board organize our big events,” said Goddard.
It may look like it’s all fun and games, but the club board also has some serious goals in mind. Club officers planned out a charity project, of course with a magical touch. “We wanted to organize a clothes drive for the homeless people, and we found out that socks are the most desired clothing item. So we decided to make ‘Free the House Elves’ campaign and donate socks,” said Goddard.
Magic is coming. If you ever dreamed about playing Quidditch or wondered what house you belong to, WLU and Harry Potter Club got you covered. Looks like we all are going to get that special letter after all – but if not from Hogwards, the WLU School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.