Five Wizarding Holidays I Wish Were Real

1. International Quidditch Day

With the obsession with Quidditch almost every character in Harry Potter seems to have, there’s no way something like this doesn’t exist. It would most likely be celebrated through the playing of professional and pick-up Quidditch games everywhere, with everyone being encouraged to just get outdoors and fly.  Personally, I think this is one holiday we should try to bring to the Muggle world. After all, we do have our own version of Quidditch, and having a day dedicated to it would be amazing.




2. Festival of Merlin

Since Merlin is such a revered figure in the wizarding world, it makes sense that they would have a day celebrating him. There would probably be two aspects to the festival. The first would be the more academic side, with students spending the day learning about the history of Merlin and his impact on the wizarding world. The second aspect would be the fun side of things, with events like concerts and fireworks, as wizards everywhere use the event as an excuse to throw a party. Naturally, the second part of it would be the aspect people look forward to the most. Well, except for Hermione, of course. She’d be much more interested in the academic side of it.




3.  House Pride Day

This wouldn’t be an international holiday, but I can definitely see this being celebrated in Britain. Since every witch and wizard in Britain goes through the Sorting process, it would be a unifying and defining event for them. As such, House pride would be hugely important, even post-Hogwarts. House Pride Day would be celebrated through wearing your House’s colors and mascot, as well as insisting that your House is the best, of course. Although I have to admit, for a lot of Harry Potter fans, House Pride Day is every day.




4. Hug a Magical Creature Day

Ever since the new Fantastic Beasts movie came out, who hasn’t wanted to hug a Niffler? Not to mention there are dozens of other beautiful magical creatures in the world of Harry Potter. I imagine that an event like this would be celebrated with great enthusiasm by wizards such as Rubeus Hagrid, Charlie Weasley, and Newt Scamander. Although it might not be the best idea to follow their example. After all, the Ministry of Magic would likely discourage people from trying to hug creatures such as dragons and Nundus.




5.  Live Like a Muggle Day

Okay, so this holiday isn’t necessarily one I’d want to celebrate, given that I’d much rather live like a wizard, but I wouldn’t be surprised to learn of its existence in the wizarding world. It’d most likely be considered a big challenge, that when successfully pulled off would be quite the feat to brag about with friends, much like running a marathon. I bet Arthur Weasley enthusiastically celebrates this every year and attempts to convince his family to do the same. I doubt all of them can manage to go the whole day without magic though. The twins, for example, would have a hard time forgoing it.




While none of these holidays are real, it’s quite fun imagining what they’d be like if they were, especially the magical creature one. I’d love the chance to hug a unicorn. But alas, we’ll all just have to keep dreaming.

Mikaela Renshaw

I picked up a Harry Potter book for the first time when I was six years old and promptly fell in love. However, it didn’t take long for my love of literature to go beyond just Harry Potter and I am now working towards my PhD in English. Outside literature, I love Irish-dancing, D and D, going to the beach, attending Comic-Con, and playing with my dog.