Potter Mania draws huge crowd in Manipal2 min read
Manipal: School of Communication (SOC) transfigured into Platform 9 3/4 as an array of witches, wizards and muggles gathered in huge numbers at the institute’s campus for the first pre-event of Article-19, School of Communication’s annual core communication fest, on August 31.
Over 300 potterheads armed with wands and broomsticks, revelled in an evening of Pottermania, while the campus was given a look which reflected witchcraft and wizardry. The ambience was that of a Potter movie, as the soundtracks of the film, recreated by the organisers were constantly being played in the background. Gryffindors, Slytherins, Hufflepuffs and Ravenclaws showed their true colours, proudly getting pictures clicked with their house badges and ties. The entrance was decorated with several unreceived Hogwarts’ letters and a Goblet of Fire, which later decided the order for the evening’s cosplay.
While the Great Hall was situated on one side, the other side led to Hogsmeade, which was packed as people gathered to grab a cupcake or two from Honeydukes or sip a drink from Seer’s Tea. Flourish and Blotts was a clear favourite, as posters with house emblems and quotes were sold faster than the movement of a snitch. Special Harry Potter screenings were conducted simultaneously in the classrooms which traced Harry’s journey through the seven books. It also showed the bloopers and behind-the-scene moments of the movies, thus providing the audience their moments of fandom.
A quiz was conducted to test the audience, followed by the cosplay, where Potterheads acted out characters they had dressed up as. The final event of the evening was the Yule Ball, as students performed the first dance, before the others joined in. Students from across Manipal University apparated in and out of the two-hour event. Even exchange students in Manipal who attended the event were in awe of the decorations. “I was impressed by the attention paid to detail,” said Ellenora, an exchange student from the United States. “A schedule of events would have been helpful, though,” she added.
The event marks the start of a busy year ahead for Article 19. The fest’s new mascot – ‘Bubbles’ – the Elephant – was unveiled along with a new logo of the fest, based on the mascot.
Edited by Manasi Susarla.
The photograph was originally published on The Manipal Diaries