The B.C. Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) job action has affected Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from the well-know Harry Potter series.
Although you won’t see professors Severus Snape or Minerva McGonagall on the picket line during rotating strikes in the final Harry Potter book, the job action has hurt the Prince George Railway and Forestry Museum’s fifth annual Mystery at Hogwart’s event.
The event sees volunteers dressed up as characters from the fictional school and is a fun celebration of reading and railway history.
“Normally we have school groups coming all day,” museum manager Shannon Barber said. “Due to the teachers’ job action, we will only have one group coming [Tuesday] afternoon.”
The event kicked off this weekend when it was open to the public, Barber said, but then during the week it is primarily run for school tours.
This year’s theme was “A Day at Hogwart’s,” she said, and gave children a chance to participate in Hogwart’s style classes and including a ride on the “Hogwart’s Express.”
“It was really a reason to bring kids down to the museum and get them interested, while having some fun,” Barber said.
In addition, the event raises funds to support the museum throughout the year, she said.
“The main fundraising is from ticket sales to the public during the weekend,” Barber said. “In past years we’ve typically raised $5,000 to $6,000. We’ll probably see only $3,000 to $4,000 this year.”
However, Barber said the museum shouldn’t be heavily impacted by the lower than usual fundraising at the event.
“We’ve had a very good fundraising year so far,” she explained.