Staunton transforms into the village of Hogsmeade on Saturday, July 30 from midday to midnight as the Queen City celebrates Harry Potter’s birthday and the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts I & II. Wizards and muggles from near and far are invited to attend for a bit of magic and mystery, lessons … Continue reading An Insider’s Guide to the Queen City Potter Party
Staunton transforms into the village of Hogsmeade on Saturday, July 30 from midday to midnight as the Queen City celebrates Harry Potter’s birthday and the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts I & II. Wizards and muggles from near and far are invited to attend for a bit of magic and mystery, lessons in potions and spells, and more.
Norberta the Dragon is the official greeter of Hogsmeade. Take a selfie with her!
Your first goal: Obtain the Marauder’s Map to locate all of the sites in Hogsmeade, as most of the Queen City Potter Party locations are a secret. Here are three to tease and get you started.
1. Three Broomsticks (also known as Baja Bean) is where you’ll find delicious, non-alcoholic Butter Beer!
2. Dogweed & Deathcap (also known as The Sacred Circle) is hosting tarot and crystal ball readings, as well as fantastic special merchandise.
3. Gladrags Wizardwear (also known as Grandma’s Bait) is giving away prizes for the best children’s costumes.
Take on the task of Horcrux Hunting when you download Traipse, an app that will help you find them all. We must destroy He Who Shall Not Be Named! Two levels are available: Muggle and Potter Prefects.
Can’t wait to have Harry Potter and The Cursed Child in your sweaty little palms? Pre-order it through The Sacred Circle and do the broomstick happy dance at the stroke of midnight on July 31. (PLEASE NOTE: Pufferbellies is sold out!)
There is plenty to see and do from noon until midnight, including Harry Potter themed shopping and dining! Plan to stay the night.
12-10 Butter Beer at Three Broomsticks
12-9 Glitter Lightning Bolt Tattoos at Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes
12-9 Triwizard Beanboozled Tourney at Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes
12-10 Sorting into Hogwarts Houses at Hogwarts Great Hall
1-2:30 Fantastic Squirrels & Where to Find Them Ghost Tour at Mary Baldwin College (MBC) Admissions Building. Tours start every 45 minutes
1-4 Wild Beast Taming at the Magickal Menagerie
1-6 Potter Party t-shirts at Platform 9 3/4
2-4 Spell Book Making at Flourish & Botts
2-6 The Heads of all four Hogwarts Houses will be on the streets of Hogsmeade
2-6 Transfiguration with Professor Un and Wand Making at Scrivenshaft’s Quill Shop
2-9 Wanted Wizards Photos at Dervish & Banges
2-9 Sword Making & Wizard Dueling at a yet to be announced location
3-5 Professor Trelawney Tarot & Crystal Ball Readings at Dogweed & Deathcap
3:15 Herbology: Weird Weeds & Fantastical Fungi at MBC Greenhouse with Professor Epps
4-5 Potion Making at Slugs & Jiggers
5:15 Magic & the Mind: Harry Potter & Psychology series with trivia and prizes at MBC Francis Auditorium
– Why Beasts are Fantastic: Harry Potter & the Magic of Nature
– How JK Rowling Banished Her Dementors
– Auror with PTSD: What We Can Learn from MadEye Moody
6-8 Divine Divinations at Magickal Menagerie
6:30 Costume Contest for Young Wizards at Gladrags Wizardwear (newborn-12yo)
7 Festive Dinner with Special Guests at the Three Broomsticks
7:30 Heifetz Hootenanny featuring music from Harry Potter (TICKETS REQUIRED FOR SEATING) at MBC Terrace
8-10 Advanced Transfiguration at Hog’s Head
9:30 and 10:30 Queen City Fire Circus behind Gringotts
11 Harry Potter Birthday Party at Three Broomsticks
12:01 a.m. The Cursed Child book is yours IF you pre-order at Pufferbellies!
Dress up! Special event merchandise and cool finds will be available at Hogsmeade merchants, such as handmade, unfinished, wooden wands at Dogweed & Deathcap!
The Queen City Potter Party promises to be an entertaining family-friendly event, but pets must be leashed and may not be permitted into stores or restaurants.