I originally posted this on the University of Hull English Society blog, but I wanted to share it on my main blog as well so that you all know what I’ve been up to at the university and with the English Society. I recently became their blog manager/graphic designer, in addition to being International Representative. It’s been such a rewarding experience to be a member of the English Society’s executive committee, and being part of a team that’s so passionate about what they do. I’m really going to miss it when I have to return to my home university.
Anyway, here’s the post I wrote about the society’s most recent social, Literary Lovers: A Valentine’s Event.
Last Thursday we held our Literary Lovers Valentine’s Event and had such a great time! We rented out the Clubhouse and paired up with the Harry Potter Society for a night of debates, trivia games, laughter and merriment.
The night started out with a vote on which famous literary couple is the most romantic, where we each had the chance to give a short speech in favour of our own favourite couple. We quickly realised that most of the famous literary couples are either dysfunctional, obsessive, or just plain creepy. Think about it. Romeo and Juliet, Catherine and Heathcliff, Gatsby and Daisy… need I list more?
After that we moved on to the big debate of the night: Did J.K. Rowling make a mistake by pairing Hermione with Ron? Should she have ended up with Harry? This was based on, well one, the Harry Potter Society joining us for the event, and two, a recent statement by J.K. Rowling where she confessed doubt in the match. Two members of the Harry Potter Society wanted to argue for the side of Ron and Hermione, which left two volunteers from the English Society to argue the case for Harry and Hermione.
The ‘Team Ron’ arguments were much stronger, as you can tell in this video of Jess struggling with her ‘Team Harry’ debate when her heart truly lies with ‘Team Ron’ (captions available).
The debate got more complicated when Jess accidentally said ‘Ron and Harry,’ which led to a member of the Harry Potter Society getting up to argue that it should have been Ron and Harry all along, which then led to a member of the English Society getting up to argue that it should have actually been Draco and Harry all along (and she actually brought up some pretty good points to support that Draco has been secretly, yet obviously, gay for Harry).
After these silly debates, we played a romance/literary-themed pub quiz (which a team of Harry Potter society members won!) and a couple of ‘drinking’ games (although, of course, nobody was required to drink in order to participate). It was quite an enjoyable night, to say the least, and I can’t wait to see everyone again at our next event!