Harry Potter Book Night



A poster of Diagon Alley that reads "Happy Harry Potter Book Night 2021!"

Thanks for overwhelming us for our second Harry Potter Book Night! Even though we tried to limit attendance to 200, due to the heat and Covid Delta variant concerns, we couldn't say no to last minute registrants and passers-by. We ended up with 258 checked in plus several whom I think I failed to check in! While our local wand craftsman, Graggarian, couldn't be on hand, his wands flew out of his specially made cases nonetheless, and our House Sorter was definitely a hit! I'll try to add the slide show she provided from pictures taken by her husband, Gerry. In the meantime, I do have a few photos to add and I promise there will be a lot more (and better quality too) in February, 2022! (If you happened to take pictures that night and are willing to share them here, please email them to me.)

Also, our Grand Prize Winner for the drawing was Melissa McConkie, our first Runner-Up was Melanie Elison, and our second Runner-Up was Alicia Spindola (I'll try and add their pictures later once they pick up their prizes).

Picture of a group of Harry Potter fans checking in for our event

A picture of another group, all in costume

A mother and daughter checking out all the Harry Potter envelopes flying out of the fireplace

A family at the cash counter with Jason

The remains of Gragarrio's marvelous handcrafted wand collection after Potter fans made their selections



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Thanks for joining in our first Harry Potter Book Night! Attendance definitely exceeded expectations (over 300), so while we've made plans to better accommodate visitors next year, we may have to scale things down a bit due to the heat. Due to Covid, we had to reschedule to the end of July, but in 2022 we'll be back to our normal First Thursday in February. (At least in 2021 we have a dedicated Harry Potter "Cupboard Under the Stairs" and we hope to have a professional photographer on hand.) Below are some photos of last year's inaugural event.

We begin with our Triwizard Tournament winner, holding her cup--Codera Krogh, representing Durmstrang (followed by pictures of the other school champions):