Magical fun for families as Portsmouth library hosts tea party

Left to right, Emilia Holder (10), Imogen Holder (seven) and Claire Zumpe (11). 
Picture Ian Hargreaves
Left to right, Emilia Holder (10), Imogen Holder (seven) and Claire Zumpe (11). Picture Ian Hargreaves
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WIZARDS and witches took over a library as part of a half-term of magical fun.

Around 45 families went to Central library in Portsmouth to have a tea party and learn about a history of magic.

Hayley White from Portsmouth, left, and daughter Hanna White (four).
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Hayley White from Portsmouth, left, and daughter Hanna White (four). Picture: Ian Hargreaves

The library, in the city centre, is holding Harry Potter-themed events all week to coincide with the British Library’s Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition in London.

Clare Forsyth, from the library, helped organise the series of family-fun events.

She said: ‘The Central library is part of the British Library’s Living Knowledge Network which gives us the opportunity to host a number of exhibition items from their much bigger exhibition about the history of magic.

‘We have got some of the exhibition panels from them detailing some of the artefacts and texts at their London show.

The families all really enjoyed it and the kids had a lot of fun.

Clare Forsyth

‘For the Witches and Wizards tea party we had magical stories read by Jamie Crawford as well as a visit from Boris the owl.

‘The kids also got to dress up with wizard and witches props and make hats.

‘The families all really enjoyed it and the kids had a lot of fun. They liked hearing the stories in particular.’

The tea party is one of several themed events which happened this half-term across the city.

John Lyman (nine), from Southsea.
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John Lyman (nine), from Southsea. Picture: Ian Hargreaves

Jamie Townsend, from Fratton, took his daughter Lily, aged five. He said: ‘She loves all things Harry Potter so she was excited to come to the tea party.

‘It was a really nice relaxed event and all the children seemed to be having fun.’

Lily added: ‘I liked the halloween cupcakes and hearing the stories.’

Emma Jackson took her daughter Eleanor, aged six. Emma, from Landport, said: ‘I am always looking for cheap things to do during half-term and this was perfect.

‘It is good of the library to host it.’