For the second year in a row, witches and wizards will descend on Strasburg for a three-day Festival That Must Not Be Named this weekend.
Attendees will see downtown Strasburg transformed into the world depicted in the Harry Potter books and films. Debbie Ritenour, one of the festival’s co-founders, said that the event organizers wanted to make event appeal to everyone.
“This festival isn’t just for Harry Potter fans,” Ritenour said. “Anyone can come and enjoy the activities. They may not be able to do trivia or the scavenger hunt, but they can enjoy the shows, kids zone, and so much more.”
The festival will kick-off 6 p.m. today with a Chamber of Secrets escape room and a kids’ corner. At 7 p.m., the Witches’ Yule Ball will be held with the Holly Hawthorne Band performing.
Ritenour said the festival would feature a few new attractions this year, including a Hogwarts-style dinner at the Hometown Bakery, a walking ghost tour, and performances from magician Tyler Reed. The festival will also feature an herbology class, and the Wildlife Ambassadors will be on hand to show off owls, rats and snakes.
Other activities during the weekend will include Quidditch matches, a chance to meet Hedwig, and a movie in the park starting at 8 p.m. Attendees are urged to dress up in costumes for the festival, but it’s not a requirement.
If You Go
Cost: $8 for ages 6-17 and $12 for 18 and older. Buy tickets by tonight at the gate, or online at www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-harry-potter-festival-tickets-46599383009