Readers go potty for big Potter read

Pupils at Rossall School took part in an 80-hour Harry Potter read-a-thon to raise money for charity
Pupils at Rossall School took part in an 80-hour Harry Potter read-a-thon to raise money for charity
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These avid readers will have wished they had a few magic tricks up their sleeves as they undertook a Harry Potter read-a-thon.

Spells of levitation or silencing charms might have made reading the seven classic children’s books even more enjoyable.

The Rossall School pupils poured over the pages of J K Rowlings books over the course of 80 hours at the Broadway school, to raise money for Brian House Children’s Hospice and for a new defibrillator for the school.

More than 300 pupils, parents, teachers and former students took part in the spellbinding sponsored read, taking turns to read aloud from the popular book series in five and 10 minute slots.

The event was the brainchild of Jim Cowpe and wife Moira, who both taught at the school in the 1960s and 1970s.

Jim said: “We organised a non-stop reading of the Bible at Rossall back over 10 years ago. We wanted to come back to Rossall to hold a similar event and the Harry Potter novels are so popular they just seemed like the perfect choice.”

Rossall head Elaine Purves, who was given the honour of reading the closing lines of the seventh and final book, added: “The readathon was a fantastic way to bring the whole school together and to get our students really excited about books and reading.

“Of course, it’s also a great opportunity for staff and students to take part in lots of Hogwarts themed events, and we’ve seen lots of Harry lookalikes around campus.”