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Team Mischief Managed work together to answer the Harry Potter trivia. Teams work together to answer around eight trivia questions for round 2. Students and friends gather at the Pittsburg Public Library on Wednesday, Oct. 17. LeAnn Weishaar

Harry Potter fans test their knowledge at Trivia Night

Harry Potter fans in the Southeast Kansas area gathered to determine the group with the most trivia knowledge.  

Pittsburg Public Library put on a trivia night dedicated to Harry Potter trivia, Wednesday Oct. 17th starting at 6pm.  

“We will be doing more themed trivia nights in the future, probably once a month, we don’t have all the details yet, but like I said, we’re trying to do more fun kind of, our trivia has more of an older crowd for that so we wanted to kind of market to a different demographic so we’re looking to more of The Office, Game of Thrones, stuff like that,” Jessica Ziesenis, public service and young adult librarian at the Pittsburg Public Library. 

Ziensenis and Tori Glover, service librarian and floater at the Pittsburg Public Library, hosted the night. They scored the point sheets and kept scores.  

“I specifically wanted a way to market to PSU students, we were wanting to advertise a program at the PSU Community Fair in September and I thought Harry Potter Trivia night would be popular,” Zienesis said. 

There were twelve rounds, with a short intermission after the first six, with seven questions in each round. Teams gathered around their tables, prepared to answer the questions the fastest and most accurately. Teams could contain up to four people, and they each got to choose their own names, names ranged from simple ones such as Voldemort, or the Weird Sisters, to the “Swagrids” and the “Team Who Must Not Be Named.” There were thirteen teams in attendance and approximately sixty people.  

The winners  were the team Mischief Managed with 88 points. In second place, came the Kneazles with 86 points, and tied in third place with 82 points were the Weird Sisters and the Team Who Must Not Be Named.  

“We were hoping to get first, but obviously that didn’t happen, but we definitely thought we were going to be top three,” Megan Mentzer, freshman undeclared.  

They also gave out door prizes while they were figuring out the scores between each round, and Mentzer won a Harry Potter mug. There were other prizes such as a Harry Potter Trivia game, a bag, cards, cups, and for the winners, four custom made Elder Wands made at the library.  

“It was very close the whole time, so I kept going back and forth on whether we were actually going to win or come in second or third,” Brandi Henderson, member of Mischief Managed. 

The library served refreshments, in Harry Potter theme. The drinks were butterbeer and they also served nachos in Gryffindor colored bowls.  

“We’re looking forward to having more trivia nights considering like what a success this one was, we are wanting to move away from the library, to get to a different demographic,” Zienesis said. 

Henderson and her teammates traveled from Labette County to attend the night for the chance to win first place. 

“Lori, my sister that was also on my team, mentioned that this was going to be going on weeks ago and I was excited about it because I’m a diehard fan,” Henderson said.

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