A special Harry Potter-themed celebration yesterday transformed a hospital into the wizarding world for young patients.

Glasgow Children's Hospital charity brought the wizarding world to the Medicinema at the Royal Hospital for Children for a jam-packed day of magical fun.

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Charity volunteers teamed up with the hospital’s dedicated Play Team to treat little witches and wizards to the full Potter experience.

Patients discovered their Hogwarts acceptance letters along with a ticket for the ‘Hogwarts Express’ and a pair of their very own Potter glasses.

They were then taken to ‘Platform 9 ¾’ and transported into the realm of magic upon casting a spell at the door – but not before taking something from the trolley from which Ron Weasley famously demanded: “We’ll take the lot”.

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The ‘sorting hat’ then gave children the chance to join Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff, with special arts and crafts activities planned for each house.

Charity volunteers also dressed up as various characters from the film series, including Hogwarts favourite, Hagrid.

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Kirsten Watson, Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity CEO, said: “We’ve been organising events in hospital, such as the Harry Potter celebration, for 20 years now. “These play events help to distract children from the stress of long stays on the ward, and create magical memories for their parents too.”

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Jamie Redfern, Director of Women and Children’s Services at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “It was a magical day, with wizarding wonders for all of our children and young people to enjoy, and I want to thank Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity and our teams for casting a sensational spell at the children’s hospital.

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“Play and creativity are hugely important to improving the outcomes of our patients and with facilities kindly supported by Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity such as our on-site Medicinema showing the latest blockbuster films, to dedicated play rooms and support teams, we do everything possible to bring fun and joy to young lives.”

The event was funded by Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, who plan to host a variety of other special activities for kids as well as awareness days and holidays.