Sam Sanford
BA(Hons) Acting
President of the Harry Potter Society

Everyone has a nerdy hobby, a niche interest, a favourite book series. I’m Sam Sandford, incoming President of the Tremough Harry Potter Society and, for me, Harry Potter has gone from a childhood love to something that brings me together with friends who I consider my family. From arts and crafts like wand making, to Common Room pub nights at The Three Broomsticks (Beerwolf Books), and Cards Against Muggles and board game nights to our Christmas Yule Ball, Harry Potter Society is chock full of fun activities. We are also looking into trips such as a visit to the Screech Owl Sanctuary, the Museum of Witchcraft, and much more.

Our members come from both Falmouth and Exeter Universities, with a variety of course backgrounds. I have found that I am meeting people I likely never would have, had it not been for this society; my roommate and best friend is doing a totally opposite course to me! We pride ourselves on being an inclusive society; everyone is welcome. Whether you’re a Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin (like me), you are welcome to come, pull up a chair, eat a pumpkin pasty and share a butterbeer with a group of like-minded people (all while debating the moral implications of using polyjuice potion to pretend to be your lecturer). 

Some may call us nerds, hell, we would be inclined to agree with you. Give us a Harry Potter quiz and we’ll be answering it all in five minutes, correcting your spelling mistakes and telling you that the answers you’ve provided are technically wrong according to the books. We take pride in the fact that, though our knowledge may not be seen by society as useful, (‘you can’t get a degree in Harry Potter’), it bonds us together and makes us happy, and that, to us, is all that matters. Yes, other societies may give you practical skills, but our society gives people a place to let go and relax, to, as cheesy as it sounds, find a little magic.

Our society has become more than just a place to talk about our shared love of a classic book series, it has become a safe haven for misfits, the shy people, the people who are too loud, the people who ‘stick out too much’ and I honestly love it and look forward to running it this year. So, come and join us on Wednesdays from 6.30pm in Peter Lanyon Seminar 3.

Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!