I’m going to lay out a hypothetical scenario and I want you to seriously consider it. If you had the chance to go to Hogwarts, would you take it? What would you do for it? Pay one million dollars? Skydive without a parachute? Sell your soul?
If you’re like me, all of those hypotheticals would be impossible—except for the desire to go to Hogwarts (because everyone who’s seen the movies or read the books or even just HEARD of Harry Potter would absolutely love to go). However, you’re in luck. If you don’t have plans for October 21-22, may I suggest you take a train to Hogsmeade and discover Hogwarts this Halloween?
You probably think I’m crazy. “Hogwarts doesn’t exist,” you’ll say. But for two days a year, in northern Philadelphia, you can experience a magical, Harry Potter-festival unlike any other.
The festival began approximately seven years ago as a Quidditch tournament and has spiraled out of control into the full-fledged festival you see today (and we’re all grateful for that!). Here are some of the activities you can experience at the festival taken directly from their website here:
- Meet Harry Potter and friends
- Practice your skills at Defense Against the Dark Arts classes
- Find out which house you’re in at the Sorting Hat Demonstrations
- Take a FREE ride on the Knight Bus
- Get your fill of Butter Beer, Bertie Bott’s Beans, Muggles Brew, and more!
- Visit the shops of “Hogsmeade” (aka Chestnut Hill) selling all things for wizards and muggles!
- Enjoy hands-on activities at over a dozen Horcrux Stations
- Check out the Tri-Wizard Straw Maze at Woodmere Art Museum
- See Live Owls & Falcons
- Take your best selfie at Hedwig’s Hollow and 4 Privet Drive
- Have tea at Madame Puddifoot’s Tea Shoppe
- Join the fun at the J.S. Jenks Firebolt 5K
- Visit the School of Wizardry and Witchcraft
- Plus, Fortune Tellers, Face Painting, Games, Photo Booths, and more!
There are so many amazing activities in store for those lucky enough to make it to the festival this year. It has continued to grow since that first year of Quidditch tournaments and now the whole town in involved. Several blocks are made into Hogsmeade and the college becomes Hogwarts. It looks just like they came directly out of the books. And I bet the food is amazing; I don’t know about you, but snacking on Butterbeer and Bertie Bott’s sounds delicious! And the live owls would be a treat to see. And how cool would a trip on the local train or Knight Bus be? You can do those things, and more, if you make your way to Pennsylvania next month.
So what would you like to see? The train? #4 Privet Drive? Harry, Ron, and Hermione? Let meknow if you plan on heading to the northeast this coming October because we want a first-hand account of how awesome this festival seems to be.
And if you do go, enjoy a Butterbeer for me!