Order of the Phoenix club brings magic to campus



Marissa Losoya

In July 2011, “Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Part 2” premiered in theaters, based on the second half of the book “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” thus officially ending an era and a decade of devotion to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. But with the Order of the Phoenix club, members ensure that the dedication for the entire series lives on.

“We’re all a little upset about it ending, but I think this is a way to keep it going, being with people who still really appreciate it,” says Alex Wallace, a sophomore Ravenclaw prefect.

The Order of the Phoenix club was founded about two years ago by Jackie Coleman and Christina Hansen, who were juniors at the time. The club meets twice a month and continues to keep the fan base together through games and events relating to Harry Potter.

At each meeting, the members talk about upcoming Harry Potter related events that have been planned, and then engage in activities for each house, or quiz challenges dealing with the movies and books.

“Generally, they’re just fun challenges, and then we just find some way to relate it to the book,” says Seth Hoffman, a junior Ravenclaw prefect for the group.

Some of these activities include physical games involving certain curses in the series, such as the Jelly-Leg Jinx. In this activity. members have to crawl across the floor, retrieve their wands and fix the curse put on their legs.

There are no prerequisites to join the club—members who have only seen the movies are in no way shunned.

“Most people have some understanding of one or the other or both,” says Wallace. “We accept everyone”.

Those interested in joining the club take a Sorting Hat quiz, created by the founders of the club, which consists of about 15 questions. Officers of the club or, in this club’s case “ministry members,” look over the responses to see if the member would be in Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin. Fans who have read the books understand what traits belong in each House.           There is a Sorting Ceremony in the beginning of the semester, complete with a Sorting Hat and an officer who gives descriptions of each student and exactly why he or she fits into each specific house, much like the Sorting Ceremony that takes place each year in the series.

Once in the club, a member can become a prefect or a head of house by going to each meeting and staying involved. The highest rank is, of course, the headmistress, a position currently held by Olivia Davis.

“Part of the fun is you get to find a lot of people who are enthusiastic about this subject,” Hoffman says. “We asked Jackie about starting the club, and she said you might not notice someone’s a Harry Potter fan just looking at them.”

For so long, the Harry Potter fan base was kept together through general anticipation for the next novel or the next movie adaptation of the series.

With the series playing the part it did in many students’ upbringings, it makes sense to have a club appreciating the wizarding world of Harry Potter.

“It’s a good way for people who are enthusiastic about it to meet and relive the fun experiences we had going through the series, and then sometimes do something new, with the challenges and events that we plan,” Hoffman says.

The Order of the Phoenix club confirms that the love for a genius, magical world created by J.K. Rowling more than a decade ago is still very much alive on the University’s campus.