School – Hogwarts Style

This past weekend Babydoll had the opportunity to attend the Birmingham Zoo’s Hogwarts night. The event was sponsored by Books-A-Million and the local library system, and was free to attend. I recently blogged about her application process.

I’ll admit, I was skeptical of how well a free event like this could be done. After all, you can really jack up Hogwarts night if you even remotely tried. I am happy to report that they did a phenomenal job and Babydoll already has plans of attending again next year, this time as a returning student.

Now, if you know me {or if you’ve been reading the blog for any given length of time}, you know that I tend to take on more than I ever should.  I have these grand ideas that seem so super at the time, and then when I’m in the middle of implementing them I find myself wondering what possesses me to act in such a manner.

This was no different.

I thought it would be a great idea to sew Babydoll’s cloak, since she was encouraged to dress up.  Of course, we couldn’t find a store-bought cloak that measured up to my exacting specifications, so I, the beginning sewer, would sew one!


Well, I am happy to report that I finished the cloak approximately two hours prior to the event. I actually was very pleased with the way the cloak turned out. Babydoll even mentioned that it looked like something you would buy at the store. Thanks kid.  I’m not terribly happy with the front lining, but it’s a combination of how she wanted it and my apparent inability to think to use red thread instead of black and is not horrible {just pretty bad}…  I even gave her a wand pocket {giggle}.



We arrived at the zoo to find it decked out in tons of pretty string lights, which cast a beautiful glow on the autumn trees. It looked magical. The Whomping Willow was out front, as well as Madame Umbridge, Sirius Black, Dumbledore, and many others. Babydoll was very excited.


We waited in line for a bit and finally came the time she had been waiting for: Babydoll was being sorted. {Insert ominous music here.} She was so scared she’d be put in a house other than Gryffindor. Much to her delight, she got the house she wanted {which she’ll keep each year she returns to Hogwarts}.

We walked around Diagon Alley and took in the sites while waiting for her classes to begin. At class time, she {nervously} left my side and headed off to the owlry to learn all about the care and keeping of owls. From there she attended transfiguration, potions, divination, and other classes. I was unable to attend classes with her {I so wanted to}, but when I caught site of her during a class change, she looked like she was having the time of her life and she even made a new friend.

The night ended with her chatting away the entire thirty minute drive home about how much fun she had and how she can’t wait to do it again next year.