Annual Harry Potter Festival Returns to Chestnut Hill

The magical Harry Potter Festival returned to Chestnut Hill for the fourth time on Oct. 17-18. People showed up in costume as their favorite characters from the best-selling J.K. Rowling fantasy series. The event also helped give an economic boost to local businesses.

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While the Hogwarts Express is on platform 9 3/4 is at King's Cross Station in London, fans took the next best thing: the Chestnut Hill West Regional Rail line.
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There was a large turnout to the fourth annual Harry Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill. Kids and adults came to share in the magic of the event.
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Potter fans brought their broomsticks to the event which is held in conjunction with the Chestnut Hill College annual Quidditch Tournament.
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There was fun for the whole family and tons of photo opportunities to remember the magical experience.
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Walt Maguire took on the role of Albus Dumbledore, the wise headmaster of Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.
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Fun for the whole family, the Harry Potter Festival allowed people of all ages to dress as the diverse cast of characters in Rowling's books. You'd find Harry Potter all the way to Mad Eye Moody.
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Potter participants put on their best wizards'/witches' robes for the festival which transforms Chestnut Hill into a magical world for two glorious days.
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The air of childlike wonder was palpable at the festival which brings the wonderful world of Harry Potter to life.
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Witch hats and Gryffindor garb were commonplace at the Harry Potter Festival.
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The iconic trio of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger made an appearance by fans in costume.
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No one is ever too young for Potter. Even toddlers were dressed as his snowy owl, Hedwig.
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Fans even dressed as a few of the series' least likable characters like the dishonest journalist Reeta Skeeter and the sneering Severus Snape.
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Even the books' ultimate villain, Lord Voldemort made an appearance with some Death Eater followers.
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While there is no Ollivanders wand branch in America, Potter fanatics could still get their own magic instrument at the festival.
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Who says all witches are bad? No one could frown at the festival when experiencing such a magical time.
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