Ky. Museum to bring night of magic to WKU

Katherine Wade

A magical transfiguration is about to take place at the Kentucky Museum as bubbling potions and exotic creatures help bring the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to WKU.

Harry Potter Night at the Kentucky Museum will be Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. It is free and open to WKU students and the Bowling Green community.

The night will bring Harry Potter-themed activities, trivia games and other “magical” entertainment to WKU’s campus.

Auburn junior Danielle Thurman, a student worker in the education department of the Kentucky Museum, said she thinks the event is a wonderful idea.

“It sounds like so much fun to turn the museum into something you would see in the movies or read about in the books,” she said.

dress up as Hermione for the event, said she has been helping organize volunteers and will help with several activities throughout the night.

Christy Spurlock, education curator for the museum and one of the main organizers of the event, said she and her 14-year-old daughter are big Harry Potter fans.

“We decided we needed to do a Harry Potter program to coincide with the new movie release,” she said.

Upon arrival, visitors will be sorted into one of four houses: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff or Slytherin. They will then be given a class schedule, which will guide them through activity stations set up throughout the museum.

Janice Crane, a graduate student from Orlando, Fla., who also works in the education department at the Kentucky Museum, will be running the “Sorting Hat” station and placing families and students in houses.

She said she was very excited to learn that her department would be putting on this event.

“Harry Potter and I were the same age at the same time every time one of the books came out,” she said. “We really grew up together.”

After the “Sorting Hat” station, visitors can enjoy several stations representing different Hogwarts classes.

“Hagrid’s Hut and Care of Magical Creatures” will take place at the Felts Log House right next to the museum. Visitors can have tea and scones while listening to excerpts of the Harry Potter books.

There will also be workers from Kentucky Down Under sharing animals, including snakes.

In the Western Room, “History of Magic” will be set up so guests can play a game of Harry Potter trivia. At “Honeydukes Sweet Shop” in the Education Room, visitors can exchange tokens for candy.

Activities like wand making, face painting and a costume contest will take place in the “O.W.L. Exams” in the Kentucky Room. In the Garden Gallery, members of the WKU Chemistry Club will set up “Potions Class.”

Thurman said she was most excited about the “Potions Class” station because it will be neat to see the different potions they brew up.

Spurlock said they originally began planning the event as a small kids’ event. But the interest from the university community has been overwhelming.

“We’re thrilled,” she said. “We’ve never had the level of response we are having to this.”

Spurlock said she hopes this will be the first of many visits from the college community.

“Hopefully this will get them in our doors, and they’ll have a good time,” she said.