STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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Celebrate all things Harry Potter with the sixth annual Harry Potter Festival.
The free fan fest drew nearly 15,000 attendees in 2015, including some from out of state.
The street will be closed to muggles from Rex Avenue to Willow Grove Avenue in Chestnut Hill, and the festival stretches a full 10 blocks all the way to Mermaid Lane. This year, Germantown Avenue will also be closed to traffic for six blocks.
Prior to the main festival 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 22, will be a Harry Potter Pub Crawl (which is sold out) and a Family Movie Night and Pizza Party, both on Friday Oct. 21. The Family Movie Night and Pizza Party is 6 to 8 p.m. at Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Pike. Tickets are $5 and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” will be shown.
Saturday’s festivities include:
A round robin Brotherly Love Cup Quidditch Tournament 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Chestnut Hill College. Admission’s free for spectators. Get all the important details at https://www.chc.edu/broomstick/Tournament_FAQ.
Harry Potter themed food and beverages.
A Hogwarts train (the SEPTA Regional Rail to Chestnut Hill West). The first train departs Jefferson Station at 10:15 a.m. and will feature Harry and his friends, who will be mingling with riders at the station from 9 to 10.
Hedwig’s Hollow Selfie Park.
Horcrux activity stations.
A Defense Against the Dark Arts Class.
A Sorting Hat demonstration led by Dumbledore.
Meet Harry Potter and friends.
Rides on the Knight Bus, which takes you through the festival grounds and Chestnut Hill.
Thestral Rides and a pancake feast at Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. Tickets are $10, $5 for children.
A Tri-Wizard Straw Maze at the Woodmere Art Museum.
The J.S. Jenks Firebolt 5K. Go to https://firebolt5k.itsyourrace.com.
An “academy of wizardry and witchcraft” at the Jenks Playground.
Make your own Snitch.
Reenactments of fan favorite scenes from the series.
A Muggles read-a-thon featuring live readings of “Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets.”
Hayrides at Top of the Hill Market.
A pop-up Harry Potter Festival art gallery.
Limited parking will be available in the five public lots, Chestnut Hill Presbyterian Church and United Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia at 102 E. Mermaid Lane. Get your complete schedule at www.chestnuthillpa.com.
In addition, Chestnut Hill College is hosting a scholarly Harry Potter Conference Oct. 21, which looks at the world created by J.K. Rowling through an academic lens, and will award three $10,000 scholarships to high school students. It’s open to the public, and there’s a $10 registration fee. Check https://www.chc.edu/broomstick/Harry_Potter_Conference.