Are you a Gryffindor or a Slytherin? If you’ve ever wanted to know which Hogwarts house the sorting hat would place you, take a Defense Against the Dark Arts class, or watch a Quidditch match, head to the 2017 Chestnut Hill Harry Potter Festival & Quidditch Tournament on October 20 & 21.
There’s plenty of mischief to manage at this mostly, pay-as-you-go celebration of the wizard world that brings together Potter fans of all ages. This year will be the biggest ever – doubling its size from the previous 6 blocks to 12 blocks of Germantown Avenue in the Philadelphia suburb.
Wands & Wizards Night on the Avenue: An evening of Potions, Pubs, and Magical Possibilities: Friday night from 6-9pm, the magical fun begins with photo booths, performances by aerialists, fortune tellers, and more along Germantown Avenue. Participating restaurants and pubs will offer food and drink specials, and all the avenue stores will stay open until 9pm.
Magical Make and Take Zones: On Saturday from 10am-4pm, a $20 wristband gives access to ten different areas of interactive activities designed for kids 4-12. Parents can accompany kids without a wristband, but they must have their own if they want to participate in the magical activities like make your own Golden Snitch, owl decorating, design your own crest, bubble wands, and Potter pics.
Philadelphia Brotherly Love Cup Quidditch Tournament: For 8 years, this event has entertained Harry Potter lovers at Chestnut Hill College. On Saturday from 10am-4pm, teams from visiting colleges and the local community compete in round-robin style Quidditch matches. The tournament is free to attend, and food, drinks (including Butterbeer), t-shirts, scarves, and more will be available to purchase.
Harry Potter Conference
Chestnut Hill College holds a Harry Potter Conference on October 19 & 20 in conjunction with the town’s festival. This annual, non-profit, academic conference allows Potter fans to truly get their geek on with scholarly presentations on the Harry Potter books and films. High school, college, and graduate students, along with faculty and community members, will present academic papers over the two-day conference. The conference is free. Registration is required for some events.
- Public transportation is preferred by attendees. Philadelphia regional transit (SEPTA) has two station stops in Chestnut Hill that are short walks from the heart of the festival. Look for Harry Potter look-alikes who frequently apparate onto the trains to greet guests.
- If you drive, satellite parking with shuttle service to/from the festival will be available. Details can be found on the festival’s website prior to the event.
- Closer to the event, additional details about all of the magic happening at the festival will also be added to the festival’s website, so check back frequently to see what’s been added.
- If you need a place to stay while attending the festival, look into a Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package with perks that can save you up to $173.