Sci-fi, magic spells and Hogwarts

Notre Dame middle schoolers undo a Hogwarts spell and check out books needed for upcoming unit on sci-fi and fantasy.

This week, the NDPMA media center was transformed into the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Library, thanks to the school's amazing librarians, Megan Rochon and Steve Palizzi. 

Students from Notre Dame's middle school ran a race against time to undo a spell cast on the science fiction and fantasy books written by Hogwarts Professor Gilderoy Lockhart, O.M. 

Lockhart's spell would have made him the author and keeper of more than 70 books in the library. 

But the middle schoolers searched the library for clues to unlock the box containing magic wands that would effectively cast a spell on a giant snake in the Herbology Greenhouse to release the final clue and give the students the spell needed to undo Professor Lockhart's spell. 

Luckily, every class was able to solve all the puzzles and stop the spell from taking hold of the books. Good thing, because later this week the students will be checking out those books they saved as they begin a unit focused on sci-fi and fantasy books. 

Perfect timing!


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Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is a private, Catholic, independent, coeducational day school located in Oakland County. The upper school enrolls students in grades nine through twelve and has been named one of the nation's best 50 Catholic high schools (Acton Institute) four times since 2005. Notre Dame's middle and lower schools enroll students in jr. kindergarten through grade eight. All three Notre Dame schools are International Baccalaureate "World Schools." NDPMA is conducted by the Marist Fathers and Brothers and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. For more on Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, visit the school's home page at