What do trains, Quidditch, and food trucks have in common?
They’ll all be at the Harry Potter Festival of Witchcraft and Wizardry in Edmonton on October 13th!
Wilbert Mcintyre Park will be temporarily transformed into Hogwarts for an all-ages festival worthy of raising a few Butterbeers in Edmonton.
You’ll be able to take a picture with the Headmaster, take a ride on the Magical Express, watch a Potions demonstration, try out some Butterbeer (or spicy pumpkin juice), and enjoy some food truck snacks that taste like they’re straight from Hogsmeade. Plus, the Princess Theatre will have showings of some of the Harry Potter movies, including Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
And of course, no fandom is complete if you don’t look the part. You’ll be able to shop for fan gear in Diagon Alley, but come wearing your robes and house colours if you already have them!
Some of the activities will be ticketed and require a fee, but general attendance to the festival is free. The whole event is completely run by volunteers though, so bring some Muggle money for a donation if you can.
The movies start showing at 3:30 pm and the festival itself opens at 4 pm. Get there as early as you can, because there’s sure to be lineups for the activities. Calgary put on a similar event last year expecting a modest number of attendees and they ended up with thousands of Harry Potter fans, resulting in road closures and transit rerouting.
Keep an eye on the festival’s Facebook page for information and tickets to Edmonton.