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Harry Potter Festival

Harry Potter Festival

Annual Event in October

(Next Event: October 2016)

Have you ever wondered what Butter Beer really tastes like or how it feels to stroll up and down Diagon Alley in search of various wizardry items? Have you wanted to don the Sorting Hat to find out which house you were destined for or better yet, to watch someone catch the Golden Snitch in a high stakes Quidditch match?   

If so, wonder no more and plan to attend Chestnut Hill’s Annual Harry Potter Festival in October 2016!

Please contact Emily Schademan or 215-248-7083 for more information.

Participate in the Harry Potter Conference
Open book with potion bottle

Chestnut Hill College will host its Fifth Annual Harry Potter Conference in October 2016. The Harry Potter Conference is an annual, interdisciplinary academic conference held at Chestnut Hill College that provides a forum for scholarly presentations arising out of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.

In 2015, the College welcomed three plenary speakers. Loris Vezzali, professor at University of Modena and Reggio Emilia joined the conference via Skype. He has contributed to “The Greatest Magic of Harry Potter: Reducing Prejudice” in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology (2015). The College also welcomed Karin Westman, associate professor of English at Kansas State University. Westman shared her publication: “Blending Genres and Crossing Audiences: Harry Potter and the Future of Literary Fiction.” The final plenary speaker was Maria Tatar Ph.D., the John Loeb professor of Germanic languages and literatures, and chair of the Committee on Degrees in Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University. 

In addition to the lectures, Chestnut Hill College offers scholarships to the students who submit winning essays to the 2015 Harry Potter Conference High School Student Section. The scholarship is applicable to Chestnut Hill College School of Undergraduate Studies and will be awarded each year for four years of full-time enrollment. The award is contingent upon the student’s application and acceptance to Chestnut Hill College.


Visit the Harry Potter Fan Fest in Chestnut Hill
Shrieking Shack store window

Step into the town of Chestnut Hill and prepare yourself for a magical adventure designed with both wizards and muggles in mind. Enchantingly transformed into Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley for the weekend, you’ll find themed shops, restaurants serving Potter-inspired cuisine and even iconic locales including Hogsmeade Station (Chestnut Hill West)  and the Great Hall at Hogwarts (Iron Hill Brewery).  

You might even run into Harry, Ron, Hermoine, Professor Snape and other beloved characters as the Chestnut Hill College Theatre Department dons the costumes and personas that go with them while attending some of the town’s many events. There will be opportunities to take potions and Defense against the Arts classes, a Sorting Hat demonstration, wizard chess, viewing of the second and third film and much more. 


Attend Hogwarts aka Chestnut Hill College
Campus View - through the trees

If the fan fest isn’t enough to transport you to JK Rowling’s beloved magical world, board the Knight Bus out of town and onto the beautiful, charming campus that is Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry aka Chestnut Hill College. 

Often classified by students as looking just like Hogwarts, the College actually transforms into the wizarding school for the weekend. Plan to attend the Harry Potter Conference, a series of lectures and conversations about the real-world impact of the books. Make sure you pick up a copy of the Daily Prophet as well, provided by the CHC Newspaper staff.

Cheer at the Annual Philadelphia Brotherly Cup
CHC Quidditch Team
On the main campus, join us for the Annual Philadelphia Brotherly Cup! The “Love Cup,” which first brought Quidditch and Harry Potter lore to both the town and College, will be for a seventh year. Bringing together teams from across the Mid-Atlantic, the round robin “muggle” Quidditch tournament, which is a cross between dodgeball, basketball and rugby is a fast-paced, action-packed game that is sure to entertain fans of all ages. It even features broomsticks, snitches and bludgers, just like the game made famous in Rowling’s books. 

For a detailed account of last year's activities from both the quidditch tournament and the conference, please read the article in the CHC Connections newsletter