Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J K Rowling
Introduced by Ellie Wait and Danielle Brewster
Cerys and Alba’s visit to the Royal National College for the Blind (Ellie Wait)
Today we received a visit from Cerys McNamara and Alba Schloessingk, students at Hereford Sixth Form College, both of whom were absolutely delightful. They were engaged about life as a blind person throughout the tour and took a genuine interest in the facilities the college had to offer.
As two fully sighted people, they seemed particularly intrigued by Braille as neither of them had previously witnessed the use of a Braille book. Danielle demonstrated and this led to an interesting discussion on how we access books. I showed them accessibility softwares such as Supernova which allows me to read text using magnification or speech.
The discussion of books themselves covered a range of topics from classics to contemporaries. Both girls read for pleasure just as Danielle and I do. We all particularly bonded over the oh-so-popular Harry Potter series. We talked about our favourite characters and creatures (mine is Buckbeak if you were wondering) and whether or not we felt films did the novels justice. We all agreed swiftly that it was a shame that so many plot lines were excluded from the film. I feel as though this view is shared by many Harry Potter fans.
I sincerely hope that the girls enjoyed our company as much as we enjoyed theirs.
A Braille edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (in five volumes)
A great visit! (Danielle Brewster)
Today, Cerys and Alba from Hereford Sixth Form College came to see myself and Ellie.
First of all we showed them around college, they were very interested in our equipment and our campus. When we assembled in a classroom, and sat down, we discussed the type of books that we all read. We found that each of us were very open and varied with our book tastes.
One shared favourite was the Harry Potter series. I have always been a Number One Hogwarts fan, and have been sorted in to Ravenclaw house. We had a long chat about the differences between the books and the films, and about the latest productions Harry Potter, the films and the upcoming play.
It was lovely meeting the girls and I hope we can do it again.
Thank you to all who have read my posts, I have loved writing for A Book a Day in Hay, and will miss it.