There will be wizardry and wonder in the air October 26 and 27 as Chestnut Hill once again transforms itself into Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley for Harry Potter Weekend and Chestnut Hill College hosts the thrid annual Philadelphia Brotherly Love Quidditch Cup Tournament.
Throughout the Chestnut Hill neighborhood, a weekend of events and festivities will celebrate the Harry Potter series of books. The event kicks off October 26 at 6 p.m. at the Top of the Hill Fountain Plaza with a parade of Quidditch teams.
Later that evening, adults are invited to join Harry Potter pub crawl and scavenger hunt. Little wizards can enjoy the Diagon Alley Straw Maze at Woodmere Art Museum, 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,” or join Stagecrafters for scary stories, a magic show, and costume contest. For a nominal fee, others can brave the darkness on a scary Ghost tour leaving from the Chestnut Hill Hotel.
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.
Quidditch teams participating include Vassar, the University of Rochester, Lafayette College, Stony Brook University, Villanova University, Ithaca Community Quidditch Team, Philadelphia Honey Badgers (formerly Del Val Dragons), University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Hofstra, Shippensburg, Kutztown, University of New Haven, CUNY Honors College, Brandeis University, University of Pennsylvania, and Franklin and Marshall College.
Over the weekend, the shops and restaurants of Chestnut Hill will magically change into places right off the pages of the Harry Potter books. Come visit the Leaky Cauldron, Madam Puddifoot’s Tea Shop, Weasley’s Wizarding Wheeezes, Hogwarts Greenhouse and many more.
On Sunday, Quidditch 101, coached by Chestnut Hill College Quidditch players, will be offered on the estate lawn at SugarLoaf at 11 a.m., with trick-or-treating and a costume parade in Chestnut Hill later in the afternoon.
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.