While Binghamton may be a far cry from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, students with a flair for magic matched wits and wands during Alpha Delta Phi Society’s (ADPS) Harry Potter trivia night.
A member of ADPS dressed as an “Auror” from the Harry Potter series roamed the crowd of more than 30 students to prevent cheating as students split into teams of four, each with a unique name inspired by the books — “The Potheads” and “The Weird Sisters” making the list.
Teams answered a variety of questions, such as, “How do you enter the kitchens at Hogwarts?” and “Witherwings: Friend or foe, and how?”
Each team appointed a runner who would rush to the judges’ table in hopes of submitting their answer first. At the close of each round, the winning team was awarded either a Chocolate Frog, complete with a wizard trading card, or a box of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans.
The Weird Sisters were ultimately crowned the victors, and each team member received a gift card to RiverRead Books. Kelly Vest, one of the Weird Sisters and a freshman majoring in biology, said the book series changed her life.
“I grew up with Harry Potter,” she said. “It definitely transformed my childhood from this little girl who was bullied for being small into someone who could scream strange Latin words at her oppressors!”
Joshua Patkin, Potheads team member and a freshman majoring in management, said the event was a great opportunity to meet with other students passionate about Harry Potter.
“Harry’s story is really something that will live on forever,” she said. “It’s a story that explores life and death, power, redemption, love, morality, friendship and more. It’s a universal and eternal story set in a fantastical world we have all come to know and love. That won’t die.”
According to Vest, the trivia had stretched the limits of her Harry Potter knowledge.
“They stumped us, especially in the final round,” she said.
The Alpha Delta Phi Society is a co-educational literary society that focuses on the fine arts, humanities and literature. All proceeds from the night will be donated to the Broome County Public Library.
Amanda Levine, a member of ADPS and a senior majoring in philosophy, politics, and law, praised all of the competitors for their Harry Potter enthusiasm.
“A lot of people love Harry Potter!” she said. “A lot of very enthusiastic people, as we can see from the competition tonight.”