Experiencing “Harry Potter” Events… Nineteen Years Later
Unless you’ve been living under a rock or in the Forbidden Forest, you’d know that King’s Cross station would be packed today with eager witches and wizards going back to Hogwarts! To celebrate, check out these spellbinding Potter events for a chance to return to the wizarding world.
From festivals to trivia nights and film screenings, there is no doubt that everyone’s favorite boy wizard continues to work his magic.
In Australia, children and adults alike were recently treated to a special Potter show during the Canberra Writers Festival. Entertained by acclaimed children’s author and performer Nadia Sunde (better known as Professor Frankie Falconette) Potterheads enjoyed a fun, family-friendly session at Hogwarts!
Meanwhile, it seems that Gloucestershire has become the area to go to for all things Potter related! Lucky fans were able to take tours of Gloucester Cathedral to see film locations, including the door to the Gryffindor common room and more. We’re totally not jealous…
As Potterheads already know, September 1 is a very special date, but this year, it is even more beautiful. In celebrating today’s date, NINETEEN YEARS LATER, it is understandable that feelings of joy, excitement, and nostalgia reign supreme.
And what better way to reflect than to watch Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone under a starry night sky? That’s right. The Alfresco Film Company will be screening the first film tonight in Beechenhurst for visitors to enjoy with some popcorn, drinks, and comfortable beanbags. Alfresco Film’s promoter, Andrew Mitchell-Stead, displayed confidence that the event would be a massive hit following earlier screenings in July.
We had such a great time with the Forest of Dean audience at the fantastic Beechenhurst location in July that we quickly got together with the Forestry Commission team there to schedule more screenings for September.
This time around, we’ve gone with two nights[:] screenings of the family-friendly original Harry Potter movie, a film and book series that has numerous links to the Forest of Dean, plus the eighties classic Dirty Dancing, which works brilliantly among the trees and always draws an enthusiastic crowd.
And if you think that’s all Gloucestershire has to offer, think again! On October 9, the Cheltenham Literature Festival at Cheltenham Town Hall will be hosting a Hogwhats Quiz Night for passionate Potterheads over the age of 18. Apart from testing their knowledge of witchcraft and wizardry, fans will also be able to engage in potion-making, Quidditch, hugging Hagrid, and more!
Exclusive summer tours of Gloucester Cathedral and movie screenings in the Forest of Dean? If you’re thinking of booking a trip or just moving permanently to Gloucestershire, we completely understand. After all, where else can you see owls, visit the Whomping Woods, and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea in J.K. Rowling’s home village of Tutshill?
And to really get into the spirit of the magical world, Staunton, Virginia, will be transforming into Hogsmeade for a Potter-themed festival from September 22 to September 24. According to the festival organizer, Sarah Lynch, the festival will have plenty of activities for attendees, ranging from Horcrux hunting to selfie opportunities with dragons!
We aspire to have something for everyone for the entire weekend.
With so many Potter events recently taking place and others just around the corner (MuggleNet Live! 2017: Nineteen Years Later), it is evident that the magic of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world remains stronger than ever. After all this time? Always.