Wands at the Ready, it’s the Harry Potter Festival

The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is closer than it seems. | By NGT Staff  
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Hang with Professor Dumbledore, Harry Potter, and Professor Trelawney at the Harry Potter Festival and Quidditch Tournament in Philadelphia. Photo: Chestnut Hill Pa/Facebook

Still waiting for that letter by owl from Hogwarts? Feel like finding Platform 9 and 3/4 is like punching through a brick wall? Take a deep breath. Harry Potter’s Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry might be within reach—if you can make it to Philadelphia, U.S.A. by October. On Fri October 21-Sat October 22, 2016, the city will host the annual Harry Potter Festival and Quidditch Tournament.

Every October, the Philadelphia neighbourhood of Chestnut Hill transforms into miniature versions of wizarding town Hogsmeade and magical haunt Diagon Alley, complete with Madame Puddifoot’s Tea Shoppe, the Tri-Wizard Straw Maze labyrinth, and cauldron stores.

The magic begins when witches and wizards board the Hogwarts Express from Philadelphia’s Jefferson Station, from where they will be joined by (actors dressed as) Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Dumbledore. Once at Chestnut Hill, they may try on the Sorting Hat to find which house they belong to, make potions, practice their spells at Defense Against the Dark Arts classes, and ride through the neighbourhood on the free Knight Bus.

The weekend’s highlights are the Philadelphia Brotherly Love Quidditch Tournament, the Harry Potter Conference at Chestnut Hill College, and the Harry Potter Pub Crawl that promises gallons of butterbeer and other enchanted concoctions.

Get a glimpse in the video below. Don’t forget to pack your robe and wand!

More on the festival here

The Guide

When October 21-22, 2016

Where Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Getting There Chestnut Hill is connected to the city of Philadelphia by multiple trains from Jefferson Station, an hour away.

Passes All events are free; tickets for the pub crawl and conference cost $10/₹670 each and require prior registration.

Schedule Visit www.chestnuthillpa.com/events/harry-potter-festival-2016/

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