Harry Potter, the boy wizard of literary and cinematic fame, has become a cultural touchstone. J.K Rowling’s series of seven Harry Potter books was written between 1997 and 2007, sold more than 500 million copies and spawned a mega movie franchise that kept a number of actors employed for the better part of a decade. (Was it not fun to watch them grow up along the way?) The magic has been unleashed. The Harry Potter wizarding universe is now part of our cultural fabric.
The magic continues in all manner of ways. In Tacoma, for example, “Wonderful Weekend of Wizardry; A Harry Potter Fan Event” will transform the Hotel Murano (1320 Broadway, Tacoma) into something of a Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry during the long weekend of Dec. 6-9. The event is organized by Angela and Daniel Wehnert, the proprietors of Tacoma’s famous Crescent Moon Gifts. The couple are also the directors of Crescent Moon Gifts Events, a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to hosting “Wonderful Weekend of Wizardry.”
During the event, a hotel meant for muggles will be transformed into a zone of magic, imagination and all things enchanting. The organizers invite everyone to come and celebrate their love of Harry Potter by engaging in an immersive experience of the Harry Potter universe. Join your fellow witches and wizard friends as everyone enjoys a magical weekend together.
“This entire event is created by fans, for fans, putting everything we would love to experience in an event together to share with you. Thank you for being a part of our journey, the first of many yet to come,” states organizer Angela Wehnert.
The “Wonderful Weekend of Wizardry” is a magical, four-day event celebrating the world of Harry Potter. Costumes and cosplay are welcome, so put on your robe, grab your wand and join a community of like-minded, passionate fans for the experience of a lifetime. You will have an opportunity to join your fellows from the houses of Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin for classes and group activities such as “make and take” workshops, celebrity panels, autographs, photo ops, a Wizard’s Feast, Holiday Ball, and Magical Tea Party.
During the day, you can also meet up with your new friends in the common areas, do a bit of shopping in the Vendor’s Alley or sit down for a spell, grab a magical concoction and just socialize with your fellow non-muggles. This family friendly event will feature more than 100 hours of different programs available throughout the weekend. There is sure to be something of interest for anyone of any age.
Special guests include:
- Chris Rankin, who played Percy Weasley in the Harry Potter films. Rankin was 16 years old when he auditioned for a part in “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.” He went on to play the role for 11 years.
- Stan Yanevski, who played the youthful Russian wizard Viktor Krum in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” in which he gave Ron Weasley a romantic scare when Hermione went with him to the Yule Ball.
- Paul Warren, Daniel Radcliffe’s body double in the film series, began his career as a body double for Radcliffe in “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.” He has also worked on “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and in recent “Star Wars” movies.
- Fantasy author Marissa Meyer is the number one New York Times bestselling author of “The Lunar Chronicles” series, “Heartless,” and the “Renegades Trilogy.” She lives in Tacoma.
- Kari Lewis is a Hermione Granger cosplayer from Indianapolis and has been cosplaying Hermione Granger for more than a year.
The “Wonderful Weekend of Wizardry” has booked a smorgasbord of entertainment including some wizardish and witchy musical groups like Tonks and the Aurors; the Blibbering Humdingers, wizards that will rock the tea towel right off your house elf; and Draco and the Malfoys, who sing songs about Harry Potter from Draco Malfoy’s perspective. (They have five full-length albums and have been featured on MTV.) Additionally, there are vendors by the cauldron-ful, panel discussions and workshops where participants can make potions and learn the magical arts.
The event is festooned with a number of special side events that can be attended separately or as part of the whole package. On Friday, Dec. 7, there is a Wizard’s Great Feast. The Magnificent Witches and Wizards Holiday Ball takes place Saturday, Dec. 8 and there will be a Magical Wizardry Tea Party and Divination event on Sunday, Dec. 9.
“The Wonderful Weekend of Wizardry” is expected to sell out fast, so get tickets while you can. There are one-day passes as well as multi-day passes and tickets to the feast and the ball and tea party. Prices range from $20 for a half-day pass for children 6-12 on up to $395 for an adult, VIP, all-access pass to everything.
The organizers add the following disclaimer, as they do not want to be hauled off to Azkaban: “The Weekend of Wizardry is an immersive Harry Potter fan convention event. It is not endorsed by, affiliated with, sanctioned or in any other way supported or associated with Warner Bros. Entertainment, J.K. Rowling or otherwise connected with Harry Potter or J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.”
For details on specific events and for details of ticket prices, visit www.weekendofwizardry.com or www.facebook.com/events/2137517593142238.
Main Event Hours
Thursday, Dec. 6: Registration opens at 3 p.m., event from 4-10 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 7: Registration opens at 8 a.m., event from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 8: Registration opens at 8 a.m., event from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 9: Registration opens at 8 a.m., event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Special Event Hours
Friday, Dec. 7, 7-9:30 p.m.: Wizard’s Great Feast
Saturday, Dec. 8, 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.: Magnificent Witches and Wizards Holiday Ball
Sunday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Magical Wizardry Tea Party and Divination Event