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elcome to the Local Prophet, a tribute to the Wizarding newspaper made famous by the Harry Potter books and movies. In Pottermore, J.K. Rowling says: It seems likely that wizards will continue to

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favour old-fashioned newsprint, even while the Muggle world resorts increasingly to the internet. If Muggle newspapers had moving photographs, their circulation might be similarly buoyant. We accept the challenge! This year we’ve added a little Harry Potter magic to make this newspaper more like the ones in the movies. You may remember in the Hogsmeade newspaper, the photos move – ours can too! On your phone go to the app store and search for layar, an augmented reality app. Download the layar app and then access it on your phone. You will see a camera-like view through your phone. Hover it and focus over any photo marked SCAN THIS PHOTO or ad marked (SCAN THIS AD) including photos on pages 6, 12, & 13 and the ads on pages 11 and 20 and tap your screen. The app will scan the photo and bring the magic!


he event that started the Potter Festival craze began with an annual Quidditch tournament held at Chestnut Hill College. This year, Chestnut Hill hosts the Philadelphia Honeybadgers, Lafayette College, UMassAmherst, University of Pennsylvania, West Chester University, Villanova University, Drexel University, Kutztown University, Salisbury University and Vassar College. See full story on Page 7

he Harry Potter Festival will once again take over Chestnut Hill as the destination, located just outside of Center City in the Northwest section of Philadelphia, mystically morphs into Hogsmeade for the annual community fan festival. From Friday, October 20 to Saturday October 21, thousands of fans will flock to the destination for this free and family-friendly event. As the festival continues to grow in popularity, drawing visitors from as far as Georgia, Florida, Maine and even Ontario – the Chestnut Hill Business District and its partners explore new ways to elevate the festival (Continued on page 2)

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experience. New this year, Germantown Avenue (spanning sixblocks from Northwestern Ave to Cresheim Valley Drive) will close to vehicular traffic, creating a more festive, immersive and safe event – mischief managed! During the two-day celebration, visitors will have the chance to interact with characters from the beloved series, tap into the tastes of the Potter world with themed food and drinks, shop the most bewitching boutiques, cheer along with a game of Quidditch, participate in activities fit for muggles and wizards alike, dodge Dementors, and much more. The weekend festivities commence on Friday, October 20 with The Sixth Annual Harry Potter Conference at Chestnut Hill College. From 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., scholarly fans can explore the characters and content of the Harry Potter world (both print and film) created by J.K. Rowling through an academic lens. The conference is open to the public with a $15 registration fee. See more details on page 9-10. That evening, Germantown Ave. will host “Wands And Wizards Night On The Avenue,” from 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy a special evening of magical fun with live performances, shopping, and spirited food & drink specials at participating bars and restaurants throughout Chestnut Hill. Activities include photo booths, performances by aerialists, fortune tellers along Germantown Avenue, and much more. New for 2017: The Franklin Institute brings Astronomy to Wands & Wizards Night. Join the science museum at Jenks Memorial Playground, 8301 Germantown Ave., for a family-friendly “out of this world” evening. The Harry Potter Family Movie Night and Pizza Party will take place on Friday, Oct. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Ave. The church will host a showing of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone” and a family friendly pizza party plus popcorn, beverages, and dessert. Cost is $10 per person. Proceeds from the event will fund the church's mission outreach in the community. Tickets can be found at vents/harry-potter-family-movienight-and-pizza-party The Harry Potter Costume Contest will be held at 8 p.m. at John Story Jenks Academy of the Arts & Sciences, 8301 Germantown Ave. Step into the spotlight dressed as your favorite Harry Potter character during the annual costume contest. Participants will dress in their best wizardly wardrobes and will be asked to recite a line attributed to their character in order to compete for cash prizes and all-important bragging rights. Registration now open - $5 to participate, free to spectate. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. Seating for the costume contest will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. h t t p s : / / c h e s t n u t Before the festival begins on Saturday, Oct. 21, Potter fans and neighborhood residents have options that begin first thing in the morning. The Friends of Jenks will host its annual Firebolt 5K and One Mile Nimbus Walk at 8:30 a.m. The Firebolt 5K run is a professionally managed run with chip timing for all participants, but is open to casual runners. The race begins and ends at the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields on St. Martins Lane at Willow Grove Avenue. Cost to participate is $35 (Continued on page 4)

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Harry Potter Festival Stage Schedule UPPER STAGE 10 a.m. - Quidditch Updates and Potter Conference Interviews 11 a.m.- Dumbledore’s Greeting: Harry, Dumbledore, Lupin, Trelawney, McGonagall, Lockhart, Ron, Colin, Snitch, Tonks, Snape,Angelina, Cho,Hermione, Shalcklebolt, Sirius 11:30 a.m - The Amazing Jackson Noon-1 - Potter Quizzo/Matt Morell 1 p.m. - Pat The Budgie Ceili Band 2:30 p.m. - Potter Quizzo/Matt Morell 3 p.m. - Potions Improv 3:30 p.m. - Deatheaters Dance Party LOWER STAGE 10 a.m. - Pat The Budgie Ceili Band, Cummins School of Irish Dance 11 a.m. - Dolores Umbridge’s Greeting/Narcissa, Lucius, Luna, Hagrid, Voldemort, Neville, Skeeter, Ginny, Umbridge, Draco, Bellatrix 11:30-Noon - Insectarium Noon-12:45 - Lehigh Valley Zoo 12:45 p.m - S.P.E.W. Rally 1 p.m.-2 - Mike Dupuy Falconry 1:30-2 p.m. - Lehigh Valley Zoo 3 p.m - Drexel Improv Secret Circus Performances East Abington Avenue Performances at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.

Butter Beer is the official treat of Harry Potter fans at the festival. (Photo by Darryl Moran)

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per person. The Nimbus Walk leads participants on a one mile walk to Germantown Avenue for the Harry Potter Festival. The walk also starts at the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. The cost to participate in the walk $20 per person. Costumes encouraged. For fans coming from Center City, a 30-minute meet and great with Harry Potter and other characters from the book will take place at 8:30 a.m. at SEPTA’s Jefferson Station. Afterwards, board one of the trains (service runs all day) and get whisked away to the 2017 festival. The main event kicks off on Germantown Avenue on Saturday, October 21 at 10 a.m. The 7th Annual Chestnut Hill Harry Potter Festival returns to Germantown Avenue with more room to roam, more treats to eat, and more fun for all. With an expanded festival footprint spanning 12 blocks and new designated family-friendly activity areas (conveniently located just off of Germantown Avenue) this year’s festival promises the same wizardry wonder of years past, with the mischief managed. 2017 entertainment and activities include:

• MAGICAL MAKE AND TAKE ZONES will also make their debut this year, offering 10 (+) interactive activities designed for kids ages 4-12, but able to be enjoyed by all. Magical Wristbands (advance purchase required, $20 per person) granting access to these zones available now here: val-magical-make--take-wristbands. • TWO NEW BEER GARDENS: A pop-up Beer Garden will magically appear at Woodmere Art Museum, hosted by McNally’s Tavern. The new Chestnut Hill Beer Garden (Located at Market at The Fareway) will also serve sudsy potions. • Dumbledore’s Greeting will take place on the Upper Festival Stage at 11 a.m. followed by a photo opp. Professor Umbridge will give a greeting at the same time at the Lower Festival Stage. • Join Harry and co. for the Defense against the Dark Arts Demonstrations, taking place at 2 p.m. at Jenks Academy Auditorium. • At the Lower Festival Stage catch Falconry and animals from the Lehigh Valley Zoo between 1 and 3 p.m. • Strap on your dancing shoes and join the Wizards Dance Party

all day at The Fresh Market. • Sorting Hat Demonstrations will take place all day, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. House assignments will be given by Dumbledore, Professor Trelawney, Professor McGonagall, Minister Shacklebolt, and more. • St. Paul’s Great Hall: An immersive experience in "St Paul's Great Hall" with themed decor (including floating candles) and your favorite Hogwarts teachers. A scrumptious luncheon of Shepard's Pie, Salad, Pasties and Butter Beer (kid friendly) will be served. Vegetarian option available. • Photo opps with a rotating cast of characters will be available throughout the day at both festival stages. For an Insta-worthy photo with all of the characters, head to the Upper Festival Stage at 1:15 pm. • Woodmere Art Museum will play host to the Woodmere Straw Maze and The Give and Take Jugglers who will present The Little Circus with special Harry Potter programs and aerial performances throughout the day. • The Crefeld School will host free Patronus activities as well as glass blowing activities (small fee per person for glass blowing) during this year’s festival. • cityHUNT returns this year for a digital festival scavenger hunt beginning at 2:30. Take your Harry Potter experience to the next level of awesome and compete with your team using the cityHUNT mobile app. Solve clues and challenges to earn points and win prizes. Registration for the scavenger hunt is $100 per team (up to five people) and can be purchased here: dify/harry-potter-festival-2017--cityhunt-scavenger-hunt. • Additional festival activities include the Harry Potter Pancake Feast 2017 at The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, a S.P.E.W. Rally, Potter Quizzo, a Deatheaters Dance Party, Quidditch Tournament Updates, Harry Potter Cake Show, Science of Wizarding demonstrations, ice sculpting demonstrations, Muggles Read-a-Thon, Chamber of Mysteries at 7942 Germantown Avenue, iconic photo opps, and more. Visit for full details.

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Who’s Har r y Potter ?

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H arry Potter. Wizards and Witches. Glasses and Wands. Quidditch. Hogwarts. There is another whole world based on the series of seven fantasy novels written by JK Rowlings. This weekend’s Chestnut Hill Harry Potter Weekend and 8th Annual Brotherly Love Cup Quidditch Tournament, celebrate this magical world as Chestnut Hill turns into Hogsmeade Village! The popular fantasy book and movie series tell the adventures of Harry Potter, an adolescent wizard and his best friends Ron and Hermione. As the stories begin, Harry is an 11 year old orphan who discovers that he is actually a wizard, living with non-magical, or Muggle people. He learns he is the child of mixed (wizard and Muggle) blood and that his parents were killed by Lord Voldemort, a dark powerful wizard who seeks total domination and the elimination all any wizards with Muggle blood. Harry realizes he is a wizard when he is invited to study at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the main setting for these colorful stories. Each year of the books chronicles another year at Hogwarts. Most of the challenges Harry faces there are familiar to any adolescent: friendship conflict, taking exams, emotional changes, and confrontation by bullies but the greatest theme in the stories is Harry’s quest to overcome Voldemort whose ambitions to rule the world and destroy non-magical people are reminiscent of Hitler’s goals Hogwarts world is completely separate from reality but yet intimately connected to it since it exists in parallel with the real world. Much of the wizard world is invisible to the Muggles but readers recognize the institution, pubs, and locations as those found in London, where Rowlings wrote the books. Harry’s fascinating adventures involve mystery, romance, conflict, prejudice and the age-old theme of good versus evil. In his classes he learns about wizardry, potions, herbiology and defense against the Dark Arts. The students’ favorite sport is Quidditch, played on broomsticks with wizards flying through the air trying to get a quaffle through a ring. So much of the story, though set in a fantasy world, is about coming of age. There are teachers who favor Harry and despise him, school administrators who change the rules, friends who seek adventures and classmates who never seem to leave Harry alone. Sprinkled between the battles, curses, potions are tender moments of selfdiscovery and friendship. Harry Potter has become a household name across the globe as the books series has sold over 500 million copies and has been made into an eight-part film series by Warner Bros. Pictures. Some estimates put the Harry Potter brand worth more than $15 billion.

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Quiddit ch and Chest nut Hill College by Max Kaplan


t is an accepted reality on college campuses that there are two variations of student: there are the athletes – the early-morning practice, unlimited-meal-plan, sweatsclad set – and everybody else. The overlap between "us" and "them" is seldom, if ever. It could be traced back to the age-old battle of jock and nerd, but it could just as easily be attributed to the unrivaled camaraderie between those who practice, play and win together. In the last four years, though, the Great Dining Hall Divide has been crossed at Chestnut Hill College and at hundreds of other colleges and universities around the country by the sport of quidditch. Quidditch, the Harry Potterinspired game, adapted in 2005 by Vermont’s Middlebury College and picked up in 2008 by Chestnut Hill College, plays to both sides of the field. Potter fans and non-athletes are captivated by seeing their dearest literary figure's world come to life. Athletes recognize the sport's strategic elements and athletic rigor after a single match. Quidditch seamlessly blends games of rugby, polo, flag-football and dodge ball, creating a fast-paced game with four positions, no time-outs and one golden snitch. Chestnut Hill College hosted its first Quidditch on the Hill tournament in the fall of 2008. It was Pennsylvania's first tournament. The sport was still in its infancy and had barely spread beyond New England. With four teams and about 75 players, it was a humble but ambitious start. Four years later, Chestnut Hill College boasts one of the nation's best quidditch programs, with students traveling as far as New York and Vermont to compete. Several of the college's players have become quidditchfamous, appearing on Good Morning America, ESPN and on trading cards. The college is also a member of the International Quidditch Association, (IQA) the nonprofit organization that governs the league. One short year later, the 75-player tournament had doubled in size and by 2010 it had outgrown its intramural roots. This fall, the college will again host the eighth annual Philadelphia Brotherly Love Cup. By 2012 the Cup was a certifiable success. Seven visiting teams hailed from four states on the east coast, from Virginia’s Christopher Newport University to New York’s Vassar College, with some teams staying on campus. The Cup kicked off with 200 quidditch players marching through campus toward the soccer field, where players were met by hundreds of spectators of all ages. In 2013, the tournament had a dozen teams with colorful names like the New York Badassalisks and the Jetpack Ninja Dinosaurs, which competed on a beautiful day in front of thousands of spectators. Hundreds walked or rode from the match into downtown Chestnut Hill which for the first time got into the spirit as Hogsmeade with stores and restaurants converted to those of Hogwarts’ mystical hometown. This year, tournament play begins at 10 a.m. According to Chestnut College’s website, there is a 45 minute break around noon “so that there is time to prepare for the elimination portion of the tournament. Games typically last around 15 minutes and are very fast-paced. There are frequent breaks in between games which (Continued on page 8)

Quidditch players prepare for a match to begin.

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will give you time to grab a bite to eat or check out our great merchandise options.� Teams participating this year in addition to Chestnut Hill College are: Philadelphia Honeybadgers,

Lafayette College, UMassAmherst, University of Pennsylvania, West Chester University, Villanova University, Drexel University, Kutztown University, Salisbury University and Vassar College. Max Kaplan is a 2011 graduate of

Chestnut Hill College where he led the Quidditch team and helped originate the Chestnut Hill College Quidditch tournament and served as Editor-inChief of the student newspaper, the Griffin. He was later a leader in the International Quidditch Association.

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6th Annual Harry Potter Conference at Chestnut Hill College


cholars from around the country will converge on the campus of Chestnut Hill College from for a day-long symposium of Potter theory and analysis. The conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. and run until 5:30 p.m. In addition to academic sessions on Harry Potter text and culture, there will be lunch and a concert of college musicians. The conference is open to the public but registration of $15 is required. To register, see The main event of the day will be a plenary lecture by Cecilia Konchar Farr, Chair of English, Carondelet Scholar, and Professor of English and Women’s Studies in the Women's College at St. Kate’s in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her research interests all circle around novels—their history, their (women) readers, and their social, educational, aesthetic, and political work. She will talk about one of her favorite times as an English professor, which was editing and assembling “A Wizard of Their Age: Critical Essays from the Harry Potter Generation” (SUNY 2015), with a team of student editors. Professor Konchar Farr’s recent course topics cover feminist theory, American literature, the modernist movement, and literary criticism and theory. She also teaches in the Antonian Scholars Program, the Gryffindor Tower Learning Community, the Catherine Core Curriculum—“The Reflective Woman” and “Global Search for Justice: Immigrant Experience” (in New York City), and in UMAIE, St. Kate’s travel study consortium, which recently led her to England, Scotland, and Orlando following the Harry Potter novels.

High School Conference Prior to the main event, Chestnut Hill College will host a High School conference for high school students who have submitted their own papers on Harry Potter. The essays will be read at the event and at stake are a $15,000 Chestnut Hill College scholarship and other cash prizes. The event, which takes place on Thursday, Oct. 19, will begin at 6 p.m. an is open to the public. The Harry Potter Conference has its origins in an Interdisciplinary Honors course for undergraduate students developed by Profs. McCauley and Wendling and taught at Chestnut Hill College (Philadelphia, PA). This IDHP course used the Harry Potter series as an example of Bildungsroman literature to study the often-competing influences of science and philosophy/religion on the development of personal truth and meaning. The course was taught from Fall 2009 through Spring 2012. During this time, independent of the course, Chestnut Hill College students formed their own quidditch team and began to compete in the national arena ... and to host their own tournament, the Brotherly Love Cup. Then the town of Chestnut Hill, located next to the college, got involved. Already a beautiful community boasting unique restaurants and shops, the town "converts" for one weekend in October into all things Harry-related. The Harry Potter Conference was first held in October 2012 as part of Chestnut Hill's Harry Potter Weekend to provide an academic outlet for a serious - but always enjoyable study of the themes in the Harry Potter series. The conference was well attended and presentations Conference co-organizers discuss the origins of the conference in 2016. Patrick McCauley, Ph.D., associate professor of reliwere made by area students, faculty, gious studies, and Karen Wendling, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry and community members.

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HARRY POTTER CONFERENCE SCHEDULE Friday, Oct. 20 8:00-8:45 Registration and Refreshments, Rotunda 8:30-8:45 Opening, East Parlor & Redmond Room Conference Section 1 (Concurrent Sessions) Session 1a. H.P. & Young Adult Literature East Parlor Moderator: McCauley 8:50-9:10 Phillips-Mattson, Say the Magic Word: Spellwork and the Legacy of Nonsense 9:15-9:35 Hayes, Making Meaning with Magic 9:40-10:00 Fisher, Get ‘Em While They’re Young: Bridging the Gender Gap through Young Adult Literature 10:05-10:25 McCauley, On Being Young and Loving Books Session 1b. Textual Analyses, Redmond Room Moderator: Camacci 8:50-9:10 Grogan, “I Open at the Close:” Epigraphs, Epilogue, Community and Chronology in H.P. and the Deathly Hallows 9:15-9:35 Camacci, Chapter Preview: Frisky, Risky, Firewhisky 9:40-10:00 Ambrose, “You Have to Mean It”: Emotions as Magic 10:05-10:25 TBD Session 1c. Beyond the Books, SJH 245 Moderator: Ryan 8:50-9:10 Rice, The Wand and the Stick: Looking at Rowling’s Wands and Violinists’ Bows 9:15-9:35 Colte, Our Most Inexhaustible Source of Magic: Cautionary Lessons from the Wizarding World for Dark Times 9:40-10:25 Ryan, Warring Wizards and Muggle Magic: The Hidden Data Story of Heroes and Villains in H.P. 10:30-10:50 Morning Break, Rotunda Conference Section 2 (Concurrent Sessions) Session 2a. Politics and Justice, East Parlor Moderator: Wendling 10:50-11:35 Prinzi, Delores J. Trumpbridge: Revisiting Wizarding Racism in the Age of Trump 11:40-12:00 Satterly, The Pedagogy of Fandom: Using the H.P. Fandom to Captivate, Motivate, and Advocate in Social Work Education 12:05-12:25 Chez, The Limits of Empathy for NonHumans in J.K. Rowling’s H.P. Session 2b. Textual Analyses II, Redmond Room Moderator: Strand 10:50-11:10 Weaver, There Be Dragons About: Rowling’s Fire-Breathers in the Anthropocene 11:15-11:35 Bealer, Consider the Dementor: H.P. and the Construction of Wizard Citizenship 11:40-12:00 Strand, Said Hermione Earnestly: H.P.’s Prose and Why it Doesn’t Matter 12:05-12:25 Kim, Fantastic Beasts: Return to the Department of Mysteries

Jack Gierzynski, Ph.D., professor at the University of Vermont, 2016’s keynote speaker, presented “Do Fictional Stories Really Make Us More Tolerant and Accepting?” Session 2c. Education and Science SJH 245 Moderator: Freeman 10:50-11:10 Freeman,The Shared Text and Science: Potter-inspired Names in Biology and Psychology 11:15-11:35 Dolowitz & Wech, Using Harry Potter and Team-Based Learning to Explore Leadership Theories and Increase Student Engagement 11:40-12:00 Martin, What Americans Get Wrong about the H.P. Novels 12:05-12:25 Hunter, Whither Harry Potter Scholarship? Gaps, Prospects, and Paths12:30-1:45 Lunch Lunch Box Pickup Music Hallway Food Truck Rotunda Driveway Eating Area Redmond Room Concert Rotunda Choir & Musicians from Archbishop Carroll High School Book Signing* Cecilia Konchar Farr, Rotunda, 1st Floor Patrick McCauley, Rotunda, 1st Floor Christina Phillips-Mattson, Rotunda, 1st Floor Travis Prinzi Rotunda, 2nd Floor Kathryn McDaniel, Rotunda, 2nd Floor Lorrie Kim, Rotunda, 2nd Floor * Books can be purchased from B&N (Rotunda 1st Floor) or directly from authors. 2:00-3:10 Plenary Lecture East Parlor (Simulcast: Redmond Room) Cecilia Konchar Farr, PhD Professor of English and Women’s Studies Chair of English and Carondelet Scholar, St. Catherine University It’s Complicated: The Relationship Between the Harry Potter Novels and their Avid Readers

Conference Section 3 (Concurrent Sessions) Session 3a. Literature and Education, East Parlor Moderator: Henderson 3:15-3:35 Henderson, History or Propaganda: Memorials in H.P. 3:40-4:00 Wertz, H.P. and the Order of the Republican Party: Comparing the Fifth Book of the Series to Current Political Events 4:05-4:25 Aaron, The Harmless Wolves: Lupin, Greyback, and the Wolf Myth in Scotland 4:30-4:50 Wendling, A Comparison of Common Elements in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials Trilogy and Rowling’s H.P. Series Session 3b. Character Studies, Redmond Room Moderator: 3:15-3:35 Erdman, Power Moms: Badass Mothers of H.P. 3:40-4:00 Harper, The Weasley Children and the Seven Deadly Sins: Finding Fault in Everyone’s Favorite Family 4:05-4:25 Jennings, The Complex and Evolving Identity Hierarchy of Severus Snape 4:30-4:50 Scheumann, An Exploration of Hermione Granger: Is she a Feminist, Heroine, or a Breaker of Stereotypes? Session 3c. Psychology and Philosophy, SJH 245 Moderator: McDaniel 3:15-3:35 McDaniel & Sibicky, Death Meets the Three Brothers: Terror Management in the H.P. Series 3:40-4:00 Miranda, Bibliotherapy: Using H.P. to Understand and Treat Depression 4:05-4:25 Gras, H.P.: Phoenix Song and the Order of Virtues 4:30-4:50 Jowsey, Truth and Truth-Telling: Aletheia and Parrhesia through H.P. 5:00-5:30 Panel Discussion & Conclusion, East Parlor (Simulcast: Redmond Room)

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14-year-old Hiller to show off magic skills

The Amazing Jackson performs for a crowd at the 2015 Harry Potter festival.


ackson Studner, a 14-year-old Hill resident, will be demonstrating his magical talents on October 21 as part of the Chestnut Hill Harry Potter event. Known as "The Amazing Jackson,� Studner will appear in a white tuxedo and perform a set of magic tricks, including sleight of hand, card tricks, a floating coin trick, a multiplying rabbit trick, a 10-foot magic straw trick and the disappearing bag trick. He will perform these tricks at the the Festival’s main stage at 11:30 a.m. Jackson's interest in magic began four years ago at a Christmas magic show in Lansdale, conducted by Rick Saphire, owner of the Rick Saphire Magic Store in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. For more information contact Wendy Studner at 215 219-2764 or at

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A Traveler’s guide to getting to and around Chestnut Hill


hestnut Hill is easily accessible by car from Center City Philadelphia and the surrounding region, but the historic neighborhood has limited capacity for parking. Public transportation, carpooling, and ride share companies are recommended when possible. Train SEPTA (Philadelphia’s regional transit system) has two station stops in Chestnut Hill a short walk from the heart of the Festival: Chestnut Hill West and Chestnut Hill East. Below is a guide to trains from Center City Philadelphia and Chestnut Hill, as well as return trips. Visit for complete schedules and details. One-way fare between Center City Philadelphia and either Chestnut Hill station is $5.25 (weekday) and $4.25 (weekend) when purchased in advance. Tickets purchased on board the train are $6 (weekday) and $5 (weekend). Fare information: You can also find SEPTA bus service via the Google Transit at Parking Because of the large numbers of visitors in recent years, parking arrangements have changed A number of satellite parking locations have been secured for visitors who choose to drive to the festival on Saturday; however, parking is limited. Use of public transportation and ride sharing is strongly encouraged. A shuttle service will be available to transport visitors from each satellite location to the festival area. Visitors traveling to Chestnut Hill for the festival are strongly

encouraged to utilize the provided satellite lots or public transportation. Satellite Lots for Shuttles $5 per car -Parking Lot 1 – Plymouth Meeting Mall Business Center 500 W. Germantown Pike & 600 W. Germantown Pike 500 available spots Shuttle to depart lot every 15 minutes. $5 per car – Parking Lot 2 – Plymouth Meeting Executive Campus 660 W. Germantown Pike 1,000 available spots Shuttle to depart lot every 15 minutes. $20 per car – Parking Lot 3 – Springfield Township High School 1801 Paper Mill Road 210 available spots Shuttle will depart from this lot every 15 minutes. $20 per car – Parking Lot 4 – Enfield Elementary School 1118 Church Road 150 available spots Shuttle will depart from this lot every 15 minutes. $20 per car – Parking Lot 5 – Arcadia University 450 S. Easton Road 400 available spots Shuttle will depart from this lot every 15 minutes. Satellite Lots & Walking – There will be 3 designated lots that fall within walking distance of the festival footprint. There will be no shuttle service to or from these locations. $10 – Parking Lot 1 – Seven

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Dolors School (1.2 mile walk to the festival) 1200 E. Willow Grove Avenue 50 available spots

Blossom Philadelphia (.2 mile to the Festival) 102 E. Mermaid Lane 120 spots available

$10 – Parking Lot 2 – Wynd moor Firehouse (1.1 mile walk to the festival) 1043 E. Willow Grove Avenue 200 available spots

$10 – Handicap Lot 2 – Chest nut Hill Presbyterian Church (.3 mile to the Festival) 8855 Germantown Avenue 75 spots available Important Overnight Parking Note: There will be no overnight parking permitted on Germantown Avenue beginning 3 a.m. on Saturday, October 21. Any cars remaining on the street after this time will be towed. Additionally, only Chestnut Hill residents and credentialed businesses, vendors, media, and entertainment will be allowed vehicular access into the area surrounding the Festival footprint. All festival attendees driving to the area must park in designated parking areas. POLICE CHECK POINTS – Important Note for Driving Visitors and Chestnut Hill Residents:

$20 – Parking Lot 3 – New Covenant Church (.6 mile walk to the festival) 7500 Germantown Avenue 300 spots available HANDICAP PARKING LOTS – There are 2 parking lots dedicated to handicap individuals. There will also be an ADA vehicle shuttling between Chestnut Hill College and the Chestnut Hill Presbyterian Church. Festival attendees MUST show valid credentials to access the handicap parking lots $10 – Handicap Lot 1 –

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Beginning at 6 a.m. on Saturday (October 21) and extending to 5 p.m., there will be check points managed by Philadelphia police only allowing vehicular access to drivers that are Chestnut Hill residents and special Harry Potter Festival permit holders (for exhibitors, vendors, business employees, and media). 19118 Residents must show their valid Philadelphia drivers’ license with a 19118 address. Chestnut Hill residents with out of town guests should encourage them to arrive Friday night and not plan on driving outside of the “festival zone.” The festival zone will extend from Northwestern Avenue on the North end of Germantown Avenue to Cresheim Valley Drive on the South end of Germantown Avenue. The festival zone will also run from Stenton Avenue East of Germantown Avenue to Saint Martins Lane on the West side of Germantown Avenue. The ONLY CROSS STREETS will be Cresheim Valley, Willow Grove, Bells Mills Road, and Hillcrest Avenue. There will be partial access on West Chestnut Hill Avenue. Expect delays! Exhibitors, vendors and businesses will have placards for special event parking and driving access into the zone. Those without placards will not be able to drive into the “zone” and will need to utilize satellite parking lots. Chestnut Hill appreciates everyone’s cooperation and understanding as the Police do their job to protect us and manage the traffic through and around Chestnut Hill. Overnight Accomodations

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• The Chestnut Hill Hotel on Germantown Avenue is sold out. • There are several hotels in Center City Philadelphia near SEPTA’s Jefferson Station, including the Hilton Garden Inn Philadelphia Center City, Four Points by Sheraton Philadelphia City Center, Home2Suites Philadelphia, Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown, Loews Philadelphia Hotel, and others. Any hotels located within Center City provide easy access to SEPTA rail stops and offer accommodations from luxury to budget. Please note, none of these hotels are affiliated with the Harry Potter Festival. • There is also a cluster of hotels approximately five miles away in Plymouth Meeting, PA. • There may also be AirBnB opportunities in Chestnut Hill: search for ZIP code 19118 or nearby 19444 and 19119. For hotel packages. • For additional hotel and trip planning information, visit

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Take part in a Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt


o you want to take your Harry Potter experience to the next level of awesome?! Join us for the cityHUNT experience of your life! Travel around Hogsmeade Village with your team to compete in a scavenger hunt. Using our cityHUNT mobile app, you will solve clues and challenges to earn points and win awesome prizes. Let the games begin! Details: Two- hour hunt runs from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday Oct. 21 Cost: $100 for a team of up to 5 people Prizes, Chestnut Hill gift basket valued at over $250; A pizza party gift certificate; .Chestnut Hill gift certificate Directions: -Solve clues and challenges by taking photos and videos including "Pokemon Go" like augmented clues -Clues and challenges are walking distance through Chestnut Hill (Hogsmeade) How to win:

-Strategize with your teammates -Pick and choose clues and challenges you want to solve in order to gain the most points -Team that has the most points after 2 hours wins

TIMELINE: 1:45 - 2:15 p.m - Technology Captain - 1 person from your team with a charged phone and the cityHUNT APP already downloaded. Meet at Kismet 12 W Willow Grove Ave Philadelphia, PA 19118 (you may get in line before 1:45 but doors will open at 1:45). 2:15 p.m. - orientation for captains only. 2:30 p.m.- the adventure begins outside of Kismet, join the rest of your team and happy HUNTING! 4 p.m.- game ends 4:30 p.m. approx.- winning team announced on the main stage Team sizes are 3 to 5 people. We recommend 4-5. We also recommend using an iPhone if possible.

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About Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia’s most magic neighorhood One of the things that makes Harry Potter “work” in Chestnut Hill is the neighborhood’s own special magic.


ocated in the northwestern corner of Philadelphia, Chestnut Hill is one of the city’s most beautiful, affluent and historic neighborhoods. Anchored by Germantown Avenue and Bethlehem Pike, Chestnut Hill is surrounded by Fairmont Park and adjacent to the Mt. Airy neighborhood as well as the Montgomery County suburbs of Oreland, Wyndmoor and Lafayette Hill. Chestnut Hill is known for its walk-able, village feel and for the great shopping and dining options along its Belgian-block-lined artery, Germantown Avenue. The neighborhood was designated one of the top seven urban enclaves in the USA by and selected as a 2010 Distinctive Destination by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Chestnut Hill is the home to Chestnut Hill College, Chestnut Hill Hospital, the University of Pennsylvania’s Morris Arboretum and the Woodmere Art Museum as well as the Philadelphia Cricket Club. Its housing stock ranges from modest row houses to architectural landmarks by Louis Kahn and Robert Venturi.

A gathering of wizards. (Photo by Darryl Moran)


Shopping Chestnut Hill is home to more than 100 unique shops and businesses, most of them in convenient storefronts clustered on Germantown Avenue and Bethlehem Pike. Antiques, gifts and clothes, banks and spas, two yarn stores, two cigar stores, two independent toy stores, an old fashioned candy store, a neighborhood co-op grocery, a farmers’ market, a country market and more than a few bakeries and cheese shops.

offer exceptionally attractive houses and apartments for rent in Philadelphia’s historic Chestnut Hill and W. Mt. Airy neighborhoods. These properties have been owned and leased through George Woodward Co. since 1921.

Since 1921

Dining From fast food to fine cuisine and from neighborhood bars to BYOBs, Chestnut Hill has something for everyone. There’s a McDonald’s and also Mica, a new offshoot of Blackfish that was named Philadelphia’s best restaurant, and CinCin owned by the owner of Yang Ming, named America’s best Chinese restaurant. There are two coffee shops, a froyo and pretzel place (this is Philadelphia after all) and McNally’s (home of the famous Schmitter) as well as well as Cake, a restaurant in a former greenhouse. There is outdoor dining at the Chestnut Grille and a farmer’s market with a dozen restaurants of all cuisines. Chestnut Hill features no less than five bakeries.

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Attractions On the northern end of Chestnut Hill is the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, a 92-acre, Victorian landscape garden of winding paths, streams, flowers and special garden areas, featuring the new Out on a Limb tree adventure for kids of all ages as well as the Woodmere Art Museum, a 19th century stone mansion converted to a Philadelphia-centric museum and surrounding grounds. To the south is Fairmount Park, the nation’s largest city park with scenic trails for walking, biking and horseback riding and fishing along the Wissahickon Creek (including one of the area’s only covered bridges). There is ice skating at the Wissahickon Skating Club and tennis, golf and cricket at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, and indoor activities at the Water Tower Recreation Center. (Continued on page 15)

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About Chestnut Hill (Continued from page 14) History of Chestnut Hill Chestnut Hill became part of Philadelphia in 1854 when the state legislature annexed some 129 square miles to the old city of Philadelphia, which occupied the land between the Schuykill and the Delaware Rivers. The village of Chestnut Hill lay ten miles north of city hall and served as a way station for travelers and a gathering place for the surrounding farms and the mills operating on the Wissahickon Creek. According to Chestnut Hill College Prof. David R. Contosta’s definitive history, Suburb in the City: Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, 18501990, prosperous Philadelphians first headed to Chestnut Hill to escape the summer heat of the low-lying old city. When the railroad provided a link in 1854, suburban development took off. The village provided services to the new suburbanites and the new commuters lived in the comfortable, breezy enclave of Chestnut Hill while they depended on the city for their livelihood and culture. For more on the history of Chestnut Hill, please visit the Chestnut Hill Historical Society website at or stop by their office at 87078 Germantown Avenue.

Civic Resources: Chestnut Hill Community Association Chestnut Hill has remained a vital community since its annexation with the City more than 100 years ago, by controlling it destiny through a strong community. In the 1950’s and 1960’s local residents established a formal organization, the Chestnut Hill Community Association, dedicated to the social and economic well-being of the neighborhood. Chestnut Hill Business District The Chestnut Hill Business District is a membership organization for the 125 retailers and restaurants located in Chestnut Hill, the beautiful Northwest Philadelphia neighborhood designated by as one of the top seven urban enclaves in the country. It also has more than 200 professional and sustaining members.

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What to see while you’re in Chestnut Hill

One of Chestnut Hill’s lesser-known landmarks, the Frank Furness-designed Gravers Station.


he history of the neighborhood, the beginnings of which predate the American Revolution, is layered with significant events, figures and landmarks. There is a story behind everything on the Hill, so much so that you could be standing in the midst of history without even knowing it. As such, no matter

where you go, whether you are strolling alongside the cobblestone of Germantown Avenue or wandering down a dirt path through the Wissahickon, the past is always within reach. Because Chestnut Hill’s history is so deep and ubiquitous, you may not have time to see it all during one visit. So if you are strapped for time but

your curiosity is getting the best of you, below is a brief list of five landmarks to check out while you’re in town. If you don’t get around to seeing them all the first time around, feel free to read about them further – or just start planning your next visit. Gravers Lane Station – 300 East Gravers Lane

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Gravers Lane Station is on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places and the National Register. The building was designed and constructed between 1872-79 by Frank Furness of the architectural firm Furness & Evans. Furness, an architect of the Victorian Era, designed more than 600 buildings, most of which were in the Philadelphia area. Two of his most notable works include the University of Pennsylvania Library (now the Fisher Fine Arts Library) and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The station is located on the former tracks of the Reading Railroad, which opened for traffic on 1854 and operated until 1976. Today the station operates along the SEPTA Regional Rail Chestnut Hill East Line.

after a long day of traveling you could drop by an inn for a dinner of “Catfish & Waffles” before getting some rest. Nowadays there may not be catfish and waffles on its menu, but the charm and comfort the Valley Green Inn afforded weary travelers over 100 years ago is as present as always. Quaker Meeting House – 20 East Mermaid Lane

Although the building isn’t as old as some of the others on the list, the Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting House contains a popular attraction for visitors and locals alike – the Chestnut Hill Skyspace. Contemporary light artist James Turrell designed the skyspace as a place to silently reflect while taking in the abounding sunsoaked visuals and natural environment. The gabled Vanna Venturi House – ceiling and light-filled room is per8300 Millman Street fect for introspective moments and Robert Venturi, one of the most those times when you need a little bit important figures of twentieth centu- of peace and quiet. ry architecture, designed the house Pastorius Park – Two blocks in 1962 for his mother, Vanna. ConWest of Germantown Avenue, struction on “Mother’s House,” as its South of Gravers and North of often called today, was completed in Willow Grove, at Abington, 1964, and not long afterwards it was Hartwell or Millman being hailed as one of the first significant works of postmodern architecIf you like your outdoors green and ture. The 5-room house, with 3-bedrooms and a staircase that leads historically significant, visit Pastoto nowhere, has won an array of rius Park. The park is located on 15 awards, such as the Twenty-five Year acres of land that was donated in the Award, given out by the American early 1900s to the City of PhiladelInstitute of Architects, and the phia by Dr. George Woodward, one Pritzker Architecture Prize. The of the major founders of modern house was featured on a US postage Chestnut Hill. It was designed in stamp in 2005 and is included on 1935 by local landscape architect PBS’s list of “10 Buildings that Frederick W. G. Peck, who wanted it to be a passive recreational park. A Changed America.” pond on the premises was drawn and Valley Green Inn – Valley Green intended to be a skating pond in the winter and a passive pond for the Road and Wissahickon Drive remainder of the seasons. Today the What is a visit to Chestnut Hill park functions as a natural ecosystem without a visit to Fairmount Park? If – the pond in particular is home to you want to get some fresh air and hit several species of amphibians, repthe outdoors, there is no better place tiles and fish, and outside the water, to go than the Wissahickon Valley – dogs can be seen running through but make sure after your stroll the grass and under the emerald ceilthrough nature to stop by the Valley ing of trees. Being as it’s not far from Green Inn. Constructed in 1950, the Germantown Avenue, Pastorius inn, once named Edward Rinker’s Park is a place for retreat, a place for Temperance Tavern, dates back to a family and community, and a place time when roadhouse inns and tav- where nature and man can cross erns lined the Wissahickon, when paths.

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Early morning welcome to wizards and muggles to kick off the Harry Potter Festival . (Photo by Darryl Moran)

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Fir ebolt 5K: a fun r un for Pot t er fans

Participants run along Willow Grove Avenue during the Firebolt 5K





ring your broom, come dressed in your school costume, or come as you are to participate in the Firebolt 5K starting at 8:30 a.m. or the Nimbus Mile Walk starting at 9:15 a.m. at the Church of St. Martinin-the-Fields at St. Martins Lane and Willow Grove Avenue in Chestnut Hill Saturday, October 21. Registration begins an hour before the start time of the 5K and

30 minutes before the walk Prizes will be awarded to top finishers in various categories and for the best costumes. The event is part of the Harry Potter festival in Chestnut Hill and benefits the Friends of J.S. Jenks at Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences, a K-8 school at 8301 Germantown Avenue. The walk leads muggles and wizards into Chestnut Hill for the

beginning of the festival. Games, crafts, activities and refreshments will be available on the grounds of the school during the festival to also benefit the Friends of Jenks. Registration for the 5K is $40 for adults, $25 for children and can be done at The nimbus walk registration fee is $25. Fees apply. For more information, visit

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