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Harry Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill

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Harry Potter Festival

On October 17-18, the Chestnut Hill neighborhood will play host to a weekend’s worth of spellbinding events at the Harry Potter Festival. Credit: Courtesy of Chestnut Hill Business Association


October 16-17, 2015


There will be wizardry and wonder in the air this October as Chestnut Hill transforms for the Harry Potter Festival.

The annual blockbuster festival takes over the charming town on Friday, October 16, and Saturday, October 17, for two days of spellbinding events that magically morph the neighborhood into the much-loved fictional world created by author J.K. Rowling.

Potter fans of all ages can enjoy an enchanting weekend of film screenings, sorting hat demonstrations, a scavenger hunt and more.

The Festivities

On Saturday, the entire community embraces the transformation into Hogsmede with activities like the Hunt for the Horcrux scavenger hunt, a fall maze at Woodmere Art Museum, Defense Against the Dark Arts classes, sorting hat demonstrations, fortune tellers, specialty food and drink and so much more.

A 5K fun run kicks off at 8 a.m., the 5th Annual Philadelphia Brotherly Love Quidditch Tournament runs all day starting at 10 a.m.

To create an immersive atmosphere, Chestnut Hill neighborhood businesses, shops and restaurants on and around Germantown Avenue transform into familiar locales from Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade like the Leaky Cauldron, Madam Puddifoot’s Tea Shop and Weasley’s Wizarding Wheeezes.

Harry Potter Pub Crawl Contest

On Friday, October 16, ticket-holders to the annual Harry Potter Pub Crawl will pop in and out of pubs along Germantown Avenue like Tavern on the Hill, McNally’s Tavern, Iron Hill Tavern, Campbell’s Place, Chestnut Grill and El Poquito. Costumes are highly encouraged, and T-shirts, wristbands and glow wands will be distributed to all participants.

The limited tickets ($25 a piece) to the event sold out very quickly, but our sister site has conjured up a second chance to attend and is giving away four pairs of tickets.

Click the button below to enter, and click here for the official contest rules. Enter between Monday, October 5 and Tuesday, October 13 at noon. There will be four winners, and each winner will receive a pair of tickets to the pub crawl.

harry potter pub crawl contest

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Getting There & Staying Over

Don’t worry supplying your own broom. Transportation to and around the festival is easy with special service from SEPTA and a complimentary Knight Bus Trolley in Chestnut Hill.

Really, true fans should make a weekend out of the festival and stay overnight in Philadelphia. Check out for super deals on hotel stays and the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package.

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Harry Potter's Philadelphia

Be sure to check out Harry Potter's Guide To Philadelphia, our special Hogwartsian Itinerary in honor of Chestnut Hill's Harry Potter Festival.

In it, we compiled the bars, restaurants, museums and other attractions the young wizard would visit if he came to Philadelphia. We even matched photos from Harry's world with places in Philadelphia like the Hall of Prophecy at the Ministry of Magic with the Mutter Museum. Click the button below to check out the full guide.

harry potter's guide to philadelphia


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