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Out & About: ‘Hogwarts Homecoming’ promises to be full of magic

  • Artist Suzanne Butman sits atop the hippogriff she made for Hogwarts Homecoming, a Harry Potter themed event that is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Court Street Arts in Haverhill. (Courtesy of Court Street Arts)

  • Attendees at last year's Hogwarts Homecoming in Haverhill dressed up as wizards, witches and characters from Harry Potter. This year's event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Court Street Arts. (Courtesy of Court Street Arts)



Valley News Calendar Editor
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

HAVERHILL — Attention all budding wizards and witches (and their Muggle friends).

Make your way to Haverhill next Saturday for Hogwarts Homecoming, a Harry Potter-themed event for people of all ages that takes place from 1-4 p.m. at Court Street Arts’ Alumni Hall and surrounding buildings. Admission is $10, with children 4 and under free.

Buying tickets in advance at courtstreetarts.org by Wednesday is strongly encouraged.

Last year — the first year the event took place — more than 400 people attended.

“We were really surprised how excited people were and that spurred us on to make it even bigger this year,” Luce said.

New England Circus Arts will give a flying workshop using a hoop suspended in the air and Squam Lakes Natural Science Center will bring owls. Other activities include Quidditch games and a horcrux scavenger hunt.

Organizers also have recreated more scenes from the books and movies, including creating a Magical Creature Emporium.

“Having a bigger space allows us to get really creative within these spaces,” Luce said.

About 10 artists who have spent the last year making items ranging from potion bottles to wands to a hippogriff, a fantastic beast that appears in the books and movies.

“We do not have a lot of commercial things,” Luce said. “All these artists come together and put together this really magical experience.”

People are encouraged to dress up in their Hogwarts house colors or as characters from the seven-book series. While the event is targeted at children, Harry Potter fans of every age had fun last year, Luce said.

“I think what’s great about it is it’s basically a story about friendship and community coming together to let good prevail,” Luce said of Harry Potter’s enduring power. “There’s just something about the story, that feeling that the underdog can really become the hero, a group of misfit kids that can save the world. I think that’s a story people want to hear over and over again.”

Editor’s note: For more information, visit courtstreetarts.org, email info@alumnihall.org or call 603-989-5500. Liz Sauchelli can be reached at esauchelli@vnews.com or 603-727-3221.