October 5, 2012
Harry Potter Weekend In Chestnut Hill Returns! The Neighborhood To Transform Into Diagon Alley With A Quidditch Tournament, Harry Potter Pub Crawl, Sorting Hat Ceremony, Horcrux Scavenger Hunt And Much More, October 26-28
Hang onto your wands, Harry Potter fans!
There will be wizardry and wonder in the air this October as Chestnut Hill once again transforms itself into Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley for Harry Potter Weekend, while Chestnut Hill College hosts the 3rd Annual Philadelphia Brotherly Love Quidditch Cup Tournament.
All weekend long, shops and restaurants will magically change into places right off J.K. Rowling’s pages. Visit the Leaky Cauldron, Madam Puddifoot’s Tea Shop, Weasley’s Wizarding Wheeezes, Hogwarts Greenhouse and many more.
The complimentary Knight Bus Trolley in Chestnut Hill will help you stroll the avenue to catch magic shows, costume contests, movie screenings, shopping and more.
Last year’s Harry Potter Weekend was sensational, and we can not wait for its return.
Check out a rundown of the schedule, plus some more details, and stay tuned for much more information.
Friday, October 26
Dumbledore will open the festivities on Friday evening at 6 p.m. at the Top of the Hill Fountain Plaza with a parade of Quidditch teams. Later that evening, adult wizards and muggles can join the Harry Potter pub crawl and (new!!) “The Hunt for the Horcrux” scavenger hunt. Meanwhile, the younger set can enjoy the Diagon Alley Straw Maze at Woodmere Art Museum, then jump on their broomsticks and fly to the Chestnut Hill Hotel at 7 p.m. for a showing of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. For a nominal fee, others can brave the darkness on a scary Ghost tour leaving from the Chestnut Hill Hotel, 6:30-8 p.m.
Saturday, October 27
On Saturday, cheer on your favorite Quidditch team at the 3rd Annual Philadelphia Brotherly Love Cup at Chestnut Hill College from 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. on the softball field. Free and open to the public, the tournament showcases 16 college Quidditch teams from the Philadelphia area and beyond and will feature two Quidditch pitches with games played simultaneously for spectators to view. The best three teams will compete for the Cup in the final bracket of the tournament.
Sunday, October 28
Quidditch 101, coached by Chestnut Hill College Quidditch players, will be offered on Sunday on the estate lawn at SugarLoaf at 11 a.m. Trick-or-treating and a costume parade in Chestnut Hill will follow later in the afternoon. Meanwhile, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. the stables at Northwestern Equestrian Center will be open to the public for their annual Halloween costume parade, open house and arena games. Meet Tenebrus, a Thestral from Hogwarts, and more.
How to Get There
Taking public transportation to Chestnut Hill is encouraged for wizards and muggles alike. On Saturday, October 27, the complementary Hogwarts Express Shuttle will be making stops at the Chestnut Hill West Station all day, with stops at Chestnut Hill College and the Top of the Hill. More info soon.
Check out a cool video preview of the Quidditch Tournament, below.
Harry Potter Weekend 2012
When: October 26-28
Where: Throughout Chestnut Hill
Cost: Free; some activities carry nominal fees
More info: www.chc.edu