If you are a big Harry Potter fan and either live in or are planning to visit the Philadelphia area, Chestnut Hill should be your first stop in October.
For two days, Chestnut Hill gets a Potter-themed makeover as the city turns into Hogsmeade, the fictional town made famous in the J.K. Rowling book series.
The event features all of the characters from the novels along with special activities for fans of all ages, live entertainment and special food as well. In the Hunt for Horcruxes, local colleges face-off in a Quidditch tournament.
Things kick off on October 18 with an opening ceremony and pub crawl. The extravaganza begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Top of the Hill Fountain Plaza with an opening ceremony and thestral presented by Northwestern Stables. Advance tickets are required.
On October 19, attendees can cheer on their favorite teams in the aforementioned 4th Annual Philadelphia Brotherly Love Cup at Chestnut Hill College starting at 9:45 a.m. Open to the public, the tournament highlights local college teams facing off on the Softball Field and Summer House Lawn. Special culinary offerings include butterbeer along with other special souvenirs including t-shirts and broom pens.
The Harry Potter Festival continues with other attractions including Defense of the Dark Arts classes, hat demonstrations and even a Dumbledore Power Maze. To get around, there is a free Knight Bus Trolley available.
The festival concludes with a closing ceremony at Norwood-Fontbonne Academy.
More information is available at visitphilly.com