Harry Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill
A magical celebration of wizards and Quidditch
October 17-18, 2014
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 17, and Saturday, October 18, for two days of spellbinding events that magically morph the neighborhood into the much-loved fictional world created by author J.K. Rowling.
Read on for more info on how to enjoy an enchanting weekend of wizards, potions, spells, scavenger hunts, falconry, wizard chess, parades and more.
Harry Potter Conference, Pub Crawl & Friday Events
On Friday, October 17, the weekend begins with the official Harry Potter Conference, featuring presentations that are free and open to the public from 3 to 5 p.m.
After the literary events, starting at 7 p.m., pop in and out of pubs on a Chestnut Hill Pub Crawl. Tickets for the pub crawl go on sale Wednesday, October 1, and scooping up passes quickly is ideal — the crawl has sold out in past years.
Plus, fans can catch a film screening of Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone at Teenagers. Inc. Center or a live concert by Harry and the Potters at Chestnut Hill College.
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Harry Potter Festival, Quidditch & Saturday Events
A 5K fun run kicks off the festivities on Saturday, October 18, at 8 a.m., the 4th Annual Philadelphia Brotherly Love Quidditch Tournament runs all day starting at 10 a.m. and the entire community embraces the transformation into Hogsmede with activities like the Hunt for the Horcrux scavenger hunt, Dumbledore’s Powers Maze at Woodmere Art Museum, Defense Against the Dark Arts classes, sorting hat demonstrations, fortune tellers, specialty food and drink, and so much more.
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.
The popular event features familiar characters from the world of Harry Potter, special activities for fans of all ages, live entertainment, food and more. Hunt for Horcruxes, watch local colleges face-off at a Quidditch tournament and more during the magical weekend celebration. Stay tuned for more information!
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 Festival 2014 Video
Getting There & Staying Over
New this year, SEPTA will run The Hogwarts Express from Jefferson Station to Chestnut Hill West Station on Saturday morning. Riders can look out for Harry Potter and several of his friends, who will be on board during the short trip from Center City to Chestnut Hill (a.k.a Hogsmead).
Plus, the festival includes complimentary Knight Bus Trolley transportation all over Chestnut Hill.
True fans should make a weekend out of the festival and stay overnight in Philadelphia. Check out the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package for super deals on hotel stays.
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In the neighborhood
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