OWTK PHILLY LOCAL: Harry Potter Weekend in Chestnut Hill



 Three-day neighborhood festival celebrates the popular children’s books and will feature the 2nd Annual Philadelphia Brotherly Love Cup Quidditch Tournament

CHC Quidditch Team Photo

**Note: the below is a press release**

PHILADELPHIA – Chestnut Hill College and the Chestnut Hill Business Association are partnering for the Chestnut Hill Harry Potter Weekend/Philadelphia Brotherly Love Cup Quidditch Tournament taking place October 14, 15 and 16. The three-day festival, which celebrates the spirit of the popular children’s books and movie series, kicks off on Friday at 6 p.m. at the Top of the Hill Fountain Plaza with a welcoming ceremony that features a parade of Quidditch teams from all over the region, as well as the ceremonial release of Hedwig the Owl by Hogwarts Headmaster, Dumbledore.

On Saturday, the 2nd Annual Philadelphia Brotherly Love Cup Quidditch Tournament will take place from noon to 6 p.m. at the Chestnut Hill College soccer field. Free and open to the public, the tournament includes 12 college and community-Quidditch teams from the Philadelphia area and beyond. Quidditch teams participating include: Vassar, Penn State, John Hopkins University, the University of Maryland, SUNY Genesco, Lafayette College, the State College Area High School Quidditch Club and more!.

Throughout the weekend, Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill will feature a wide range of Potter-themed activities and events, including: Harry Potter-themed arts and crafts, face painting, Snitch puddy-making, plenty of Weazley Wizards games for the kids; a scavenger hunt; a Harry Potter costume parade, Quidditch 101, coached by Chestnut Hill College Quidditch players; live-action programs featuring Hedwig the Owl; a live Wizards Chess Match, with local high school students performing as the chess pieces; and much more.  Local businesses are offering a range of shopping and dining special features as well. A complete schedule of all weekend activities is attached, and is also available online.

WHO:             Harry Potter fans, novices and Muggles (non-Magical people)

12 college and Philadelphia-area community Quidditch teams

WHAT:           Harry Potter Weekend & Philadelphia Brotherly Love Cup Quidditch Tournament

WHERE:        Various locations* along Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill

*See map for more details

WHEN:        Friday, Oct. 14, 2011                           Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011       

Opening Ceremony                                   Quidditch Tournament

                   Top of the Hill Fountain Plaza              Chestnut Hill College soccer field

Germantown Ave. at Bethlehem Pike                           12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

6 p.m.

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