Harry Potter Festival a favorite in Kent
— Wizards and muggles will celebrate the spirit and excitement of Harry Potter fandom in this colonial river town for the third consecutive Chestertown Harry Potter Festival, a fun-filled weekend from Sept. 30 through Oct. 2.
With free and ticketed events to benefit the Garfield Center for the Arts and the Kent County Fund through the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, there is something for everybody at this event.
The weekend’s events take flight Friday, Sept. 30 with a talk by Dr. Patrick McCauley, author of “Into the Pensieve: The Philosophy and Mythology of Harry Potter” at Chestertown’s Flourish and Blotts, commonly known as the Bookplate, 112 S. Cross St., from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Wands, robes and your house colors are ideal attire for the festival kick-off party at Hogwarts, otherwise known as the Garfield Center for the Arts at 210 High St., from 6 to 9 p.m. Fans of all ages can enjoy magic, trivia, wizard rock and costumed fun with a $5 fee at the door for adults;
no cost for children 12 and under.
Bring a broom Saturday to cover the activities in locations inspired by the awardwinning books by J.K. Rowling: a self-guided scavenger hunt from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Chestertown’s shops transformed into magical-themed retailers, potions class, costume contest and street theatre.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Potter in the Park will feature free activities in central Fountain Park for muggles of all ages, including dueling, face painting, magic, wizard rock music, crafts, photo opportunities as well as themed food and vendors.
The DC Quidditch Club will host a tournament with college and club teams from the region competing for the prized Chestertown Quidditch Cup on Saturday and Sunday in Wilmer Park, on the waterfront. Players of all ages and skills can join Kidditch from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday to learn the game from experienced Quidditch players.
Nearly Headless Nick’s 524th Deathday Party will be celebrated at the Garfield Center for the Arts, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday for wizards under 21. Tickets will be $10, available at the door.
Some activities require tickets to be purchased in advance. These special events include the Hogwarts Experience, Madam Malkin’s High Tea and the House Party at the Hogshead. Tickets are $35 for each. Tickets will officially go on sale Sept. 1, or Start of Term, when a link will be available on the website and Facebook page.
Sunday’s final event is a 5K race with Washington College’s Alpha Omicron Pi at 11 a.m. at Wilmer Park. The Golden Snitch will be awarded to the best Harry Potter costumed participant. Register online at www.trisportsevents.com or 10 a.m. on-site.
For festival updates and details, visit www.chester townhpfest.org.
Youngsters gather around to make their own concoctions during potions class at the 2015 Harry Potter Festival.