Hudson -- Fans will have to say good-bye to Harry Potter Sept. 7 at the Hudson Library and Historical Society.
A Harry Potter exhibition, using materials from the National Library of Medicine, has been on display at the library since July, complete with Platform 9 3/4 and the Hogwarts Express.
Children have been able to participate in special activities, including discussions on the seven Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling, a birthday party, a Quidditch match, lessons on magical animals, herbology, potions and family trees.
Professor Snape was (fortunately) absent from the potions class Aug. 26, but Professors Laura Lehner-Ennis, Kim Alberts and Monique van Demotter from the children and teen department took over duties, instructing 23 Hogwarts students on the art of advanced potion-making.
Students were divided into three groups to complete six experiments using "magical" ingredients also found in any muggle kitchen.
One of the more time-consuming potions involved mixing flobberworm pus, dragon spit and leprechaun elixir to create Magic Mud, or muggle play dough.
A difficult potion required students to carefully combine purified water, gillyweed solution, a bicorn powder tablet and leprechaun elixirs to create the Burn/Heat Potion. More than a few stood back or took cover as the potion bubbled and brewed like a muggle lava lamp.
Students needed a steady hand and a bit of luck to blend armadillo bile and phoenix tears in a small glass vial to create Felix Felices Potion. Students attached a string to wear the potion around their necks, ready to use when the situation requires more luck than magic.
Marauder's Secret Messages were written with crushed lizard bones and purified water and revealed with essence of belladonna.
A few brave students drank the Exploding Elixir, a combination of volatile crystals, asphodel powder and purified water.
(Muggles create the drink with Kool-Aid and Pop Rocks for the same explosive reaction.)
Everyone finished the class with Honeyduke's homemade ice cream made from unicorn milk, unicorn horn powder, basilisk venom, wormwood essence and erumpent horn. Yum.
Harry Potter is one of the new classics, said Amelia Yunker, head of the children's and young adult department.
"It will always be around and be popular with children and the public as a whole because it's lasted this long," Yunker said.
Patrons have requested to play Quidditch or something similar with another book series in the future.
"We'll look at that," Yunker said. "This was a trial [program], and it was very successful."
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