Noah brought home his first Major Award on Friday from camp.
Why yes, that IS a repurposed Sprite bottle painted neon yellow and held together with duct tape Hogwarts House Cup. (Exclamation Point!) Noah won it at Harry Potter Camp, which is an actual thing our YMCA actually offers every summer.
"A thing" is as detailed of a description as I can offer, because I have no idea what actually went on at Harry Potter Camp. There was a sorting ceremony, though from what I gather only about four children consented to being in any house but Gryffindor and the sorting hat was maaaaaaybe kind of a pussy about it and gave in. They played quidditch and Noah also came home with a "textbook" that contains two recipes: One for "DRAUGHT OF DEATH" and one for a love potion.
I don't know. It's the YMCA. Seems legit, right?
Anyway, Noah was very upset during the last couple days at camp because Gryffindor was losing the House Cup contest to Ravenclaw. (Teams gained points by completing advanced wizardry moves like "put on you listening ears" and "don't hit people, you guys.") (So obviously those four little teacher-pleasing Ravenclaw brown-nosers did great, AM I RIGHT?)
But in the end, Gryffindor pulled ahead and claimed the House Cup on the very last day, and for reasons that I am not 100% clear on, Noah was permitted to take the actual cup home with him. He claims to have simply been the best behaved that day and singled out for his general awesomeness, a boast that I'm ashamed to have maaaaaybe doubted a little and countered with some leading questioning of the 1) are you sure they didn't just give one to everybody type, followed by the 2) omg, did my kid steal the Hogwarts House Cup variety.
I think what actually happened was a very, very kindly camp counselor who decided to bestow the cup on the kid she sensed it meant the very most to.
Who knew there were real-life wizards and witches staffing Y summer camps these days?