Calling all fans of Harry Potter: whether you like the books, movies, the spells or the world of Hogwarts, then Dumbledore’s Army is a club that might spark interest.
Harry Potter fans become a family in this club and welcome anyone who wants to join this family. It doesn’t matter which “house” you are from.
There are around 30-40 active members within the club and club fees are either by semester or yearly.
Briana Sanders is a fourth-year business administration marketing management student and has been in the club for two years now. It is her first semester as the publicity chair for the club.
“The club is important to me because it’s an inclusive group of people who aren’t just friends but also family,” Sanders said. “I also love club meetings and doing trivia.”
The club starts off with awarding points to the different Hogwarts houses based on who showed up and if they are wearing their colors or Harry Potter merch.
Following that, everyone sits in their houses throughout the room, and goes into a Daily Prophet, where they show a Harry Potter-related video.
The club plays different games such as picture trivia and it does get competitive.
They also have a discussion question where they have one of the members come up with a question and they go into analyzing it and sharing perspectives and ideas.
To conclude their meeting, they teach a spell of the week and share a little history on the spell.
Sean Quilatan is a fifth-year gender, ethnic and multicultural studies (GEMS) major and the president of Dumbledore’s Army. He has been in the club for two years now and has held his position since February.
He talked about how the club is open to anyone who is interested in Harry Potter and anyone who wants to be invested.
Quilatan expressed that the club is a good place to get leadership opportunities because sometimes they allow members to run a meeting. He also shared what he likes about the club.
“For one, I like to see all the personalities,” Quilatan said. “We’ve had some from the LGBT community, people from different races and people who are not even diehard fans.”
This club has a lot of exciting things planned for the upcoming year, such as taking a field trip to see the new “Fantastic Beasts” movie and, of course, the Yule Ball.
The Yule Ball is something everyone in the club looks forward to because it’s a time to get dressed up and dance.
Robyn Bellina is a fourth-year music industry major with a minor in art history. She expressed how much she loves being in the club and how inclusive it is.
“I enjoy being a Ravenclaw a lot,” Bellina said. “I really enjoy the world about it and it feels really good being a part of it because it kind of feels like you’re actually at Hogwarts and you make really great friends too.”
These club meetings are very high energy and you can experience everyone participating and they are very attentive to what is happening.
The club meets during U-Hour in Building 6 every Thursday.
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