Edison Intermediate/Larson Middle School became Hogwarts for a time this summer.

But it didn't take potions or magic wands -- just students' imaginations.

The Grandview Heights City School District's Kids' Club program featured a Harry Potter theme for the summer.

"Harry Potter is still so popular with students," said Colleen Adkinson, child care director. "Using Harry Potter as a theme allowed us to create a lot of activities that are fun for them, but also keeps them learning and using the skills they've learned during the school year."

About 120 students participated each day in the program, which ran from June 4 to Aug. 3.

Each day included indoor and outdoor recreation periods and morning and afternoon sessions in which students participated in various summer clubs.

Students could choose the summer clubs that appealed most to them, Adkinson said.

The clubs included Newspaper, Sports & Outdoors, Drama/Music/Theatre, Science/Engineering & Design, Creative Arts/Life Skills, Kids in the Community, Health & Wellness and Book Club.

Each week also included a field trip to sites such as the municipal pool, Grandview Heights Public Library, Ten Pin Alley and the Grandview Theater.

The climax of the summer was a project in which students used cardboard boxes, tape, glue and decorative elements to build their own Diagon Alley in the middle school commons.

In Harry Potter lore, Diagon Alley is the hidden shopping district near Hogwarts used by wizards.

"It's the place the students in Harry Potter go at the beginning of the school year to buy all the books and supplies they'll need for school," Kids' Club staff member Kelly Miller said. "Our students built eight different shops in our version of Diagon Alley."

Students worked on constructing and stocking their shops for more than three weeks, Kids' Club staff member Meredith Cox said.

"It was a really involved project," she said.

Various clubs helped with making products for the stores, including edible wands and potions, spell books and hand-sewn owls, hats and lightning bolts, Cox said.

"We had the older students in grades 4-6 work on Diagon Alley," she said. "The younger students in K-3 are the customers."

On Aug. 1, Diagon Alley opened for business.

The customers obtained "money" from the Gringotts Wizarding Bank and used the currency to shop for goods at the stores.

"It's giving our students some idea of what it takes to run and operate a store," Miller said. "They have to assist the customers and keep track of sales."

The younger students also learned about budgeting and making sure they didn't spend too much money at one place, she said.

Cole Jackson helped build and staff Ollivander's Wands.

"We have more than 100 wands to sell," he said. "We made them out of glue sticks that we painted. That was the fun part -- making the wands."

On July 31, Natalie Hunt and Grayson Shockey were taking time to go over the merchandise at their store, a combination of Eeylops Owl Emporium and Magical Menagerie.

"We made a lot of handcrafted animals, like paper-plate owls and paper cats," Grayson said.

"We're trying to figure out what people would want to buy from Harry Potter," Natalie said.

At Flourish & Blotts, Lila Beal was preparing to sell the books and other supplies any Hogwarts student would need.

"We have bookmarks and little spell books that tell you how to make a wand and the spells and potions you need to do all kinds of stuff," she said.

No magic potion was needed to make Kids' Club fun, Lila said.

"We get to do fun things every day," she said. "My favorite was building Diagon Alley. It kind of puts you into the Harry Potter world."

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