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The bookshops and libraries celebrating Harry Potter Book Night in Kent

It’s once again time to wave your wands for Harry Potter Book Night, which will see fans of the infamous tales gather at book shops and libraries across Kent.

Taking place tonight (Thursday, February 6), this year’s theme is the Triwizard Tournament.

More than half a billion Harry Potter books have been sold worldwide. Photo: Jaap Buitendijk
More than half a billion Harry Potter books have been sold worldwide. Photo: Jaap Buitendijk

The tournament was a battle between Harry and three other champions in JK Rowling’s fourth book in the series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, where the young students face challenges to test their magical prowess.

But are you brave enough to put your name in the goblet?

Visitors to Waterstones in Rose Lane, Canterbury will need to decide whether they are Gryffindor or Slytherin - or perhaps Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw - and then complete challenges to earn points for their chosen house.

The event will run from 3.30pm to 5.30pm and the winners will have their house banner put up in the store.

Hunt for the golden snitch, make your own wand and decorate a dragon egg at Waterstones in Tunbridge Wells between 5pm and 7pm, when the book shop will be transformed into a mystical wonderland.

There will be prizes up for best costumes - will you come as Hermoine or pull on a bushy beard as Hagrid?

There are events taking place across the county
There are events taking place across the county

If you fancy yourself as a keen wandsman, head along to Folkestone Waterstones where young magic-lovers will be attempting a summoning charm, decorating goblets and navigating a maze to get to the Triwizard Cup.

Children are welcome to come dressed up in as their favourite character for an afternoon of fun, games and quizzes in Sandgate Road from 3.30pm to 5.30pm.

Tickets must be reserved in advance for the Triwizard Tournament at Waterstones in Maidstone, with an evening crammed full of spellbinding activities expected to be very popular.

The two hours of magic will begin at 4.30pm.

Call 01622 682042, email maidstone@waterstones.com or just pop into the store to book a free place.

Be transported to Hogwarts as you’re sorted into houses and choose your own wand at Bluewater Waterstones.

Festivities begin at 3pm, and they’ll be a scavenger hunt and costume competition until 6pm.

Waterstones in Westwood Cross, Broadstairs will also be encouraging children to dress up and join in the fun at the store between 4pm and 5pm.

The magic will also be in the air at several of the county’s libraries. Children aged seven to 11 are invited to Margate Library in Cecil Street between 4pm and 5pm and can dress up as their favourite character if they wish.

A night of enchanting games, magical crafts and more will be held at Ashford Library in Church Road from 6.30pm to 8pm. Or play ‘pin the sock on Dobby’ at Deal Library between 4pm and 5.30pm.

Booking is needed for all library events - secure your free tickets by calling 03000 413131.

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