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W he golden snitch awaits beaters, seekers, and chasers who take to the pitch in the Seventh Annual Brotherly Love Quidditch Tournament 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of Chestnut Hill College, 9601 Germantown Avenue. The event is free and open to the public. This year, Chestnut Hill hosts the Philadelphia Honey Badgers community team and college teams from The University of Pittsburgh, Franklin and Marshall College, Lafayette College, Kutztown University, Syracuse University and Stockton University. Limited parking is available at the college so spectators are advised to take public transporta-

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 favour old-fashioned newsprint, even while the Muggle world resorts increasingly to the inter-

net. 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!

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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 October 21 – 22, 2016, 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 (Continued on page 3)



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A wizard’s guide to The Chestnut Hill Harry Potter Festival (Continued from page 1)

its partners explore new ways to elevate the festival experience. New this year, Germantown Avenue (spanning six-blocks from Rex to Willow Grove Avenues) 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. A complimentary Knight Bus Trolley will transport visitors throughout Chestnut Hill along the festival footprint and beyond. Local establishments magically transform into locations from the world of Potter with popular stops like “The Leaky Cauldron” (McNally’s Tavern), “Hog’s Head Tavern” (Tavern on the Hill), “Honey Dukes Sweetshop” (Zipf’s Candies), and “Madam Puddifoot’s Tea Shop” (Night Kitchen Bakery), just to name a few. The weekend festivities commence on Friday, October 21 with The Fifth 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 $10 registration fee. Friday evening, spells and spirits flow during the Potter Pub Crawl. For the over-21 “Potterheads,” this fan favorite event takes place along Germantown Avenue from 7 – 9 p.m. This sold-out event (a record 1,000 tickets were sold in under eight minutes this year) takes ticket holders on a tour through eigh participating establishments including: Tavern on the Hill, McNally’s Tavern, Iron Hill Brewery, Campbell’s Place, Paris Bistro, Chestnut Grill, El Poquito and The Venetian Club. Although restaurants and bars will remain open to the public on this night, pub crawl tickets holders will receive exclusive perks including a limited edition Harry Potter Festival t-shirt and bag, discounted specialty drinks, free access to street activities, a commemorative festival cup, and admittance into the 2016 Potter themed costume contest. The 2016 Potter Pub Crawl Costume Contest will take place at 8:30 p.m. at the Chestnut Hill Hotel. The expert panel of judges (Harry, Dumbledore and Bellatrix) will award prizes to the top three contestants with third place receiving a $25 Chestnut Hill Gift Card, a $50 Chestnut Hill Gift Card for second place, and first place winning two tickets to the 2017 Potter Pub Crawl plus a $50 Chestnut Hill Gift Certificate. On Saturday, October 22, the festivities continue with the blockbuster day-long festival and Quidditch tournament. For those visitors traveling to the festival sans broomstick or thestral, hop aboard the Hogwarts Local. SEPTA’s regular Saturday schedule runs service between Center City and Chestnut Hill West and East stations all day in both directions. Mingle with Harry Potter and friends at Jefferson Station from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The first train to the festival departs at 10:15 a.m. with the characters on board. Festival goers can expect a day full of entertaining and immersive (Continued on page 5)

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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. Martin-in-theFields at St. Martins Lane and Willow Grove Avenue in Chestnut Hill Saturday October 22. Registration begins 45 minutes before the start time of each event. 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 is $20 for adults, $5 for children and can be done at For more information, visit

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A wizard’s guide to The Chestnut Hill Harry Potter Festival (Continued from page 3)

from the series, a Muggles read-athon featuring live readings of Harexperiences for fans of all ages – ry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets rain or shine! A sample of just and more. some of the events and offerings For fans of the wizard sport, the include: 7th Annual Philadelphia Brotherly Love Cup Quidditch Tournament STAGE EVENTS takes place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Chestnut Hill Top of the Hill Stage College. The round robin tournament is a cross between dodgeball, 11:30 am basketball and rugby and even feaDumbledore’s Greeting tures broomsticks, snitches and 12:30 & 3:30 bludgers, just like the game made Defense Against the famous in Rowling’s books. Teams Dark Art Classes from visiting colleges include the 2:00 & 4:00 University of Pittsburgh, Franklin Magic . how and Marshall College, Lafayette (not yet confirmed) College, Kutztown University, Syracuse University, Stockton Lower Stage University and the local community team - The Philadelphia Honey 11 am – 3 pm Badgers. Jamie Grimble DJ For more information about the 11:30 am Harry Potter Festival or the Umbridge Ministry Message Hogsmeade destination known 2:00 pm year-round as Chestnut Hill, visit . .P.E.W. Rally Follow 3:00 pm the festival fun on social media . nape . eminar with the hashtags: #chestnuthillpa (not yet confirmed) and #harrypotterfanfest and the 1:00 & 4:00 official Chestnut Hill social media Owls on . tage handles: Twitter @chestnuthillpa, Facebook / and Instagram MAGICAL MAIN EVENTS @chestnuthill_pa.

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• The Jenks Firebolt 5k Run & One Mile Nimbus Walk (8:30 a.m.) • . orting Hat Demonstrations (12 – 4 p.m.) • . ecret Circus Aerialists (11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m.) • Movie . creening (5 p.m.) • CityHUNT . cavenger Hunt (11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.) Wizardly Wonders Activities throughout the day: • Hedwig’s Hollow . elfie Park • Horcrux Activity . tations • The TriWizard . traw Maze at Woodmere Art Museum • The . cience of Wizarding with The Franklin Institute • Thestral Rides at the Great Hall (The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill) • Hayrides at Top of the Hill Market • Magical Ice . culpting with Peter . lavin • Natural . pecimens & Games with the Academy of Natural . ciences • Pop-Up Harry Potter Festival Art Gallery 4 Privet Drive Photo Op Festival Foods and Brews • Butterbeer (throughout the festival) • Butterbeer Bread (Baker . treet Bread Company) • . nape’s . oups • Witches Brew and Muggles Cherry Brew (Cosimo’s) • . orting Hat Cupcakes and Lightning Bolt Cookies (Night Kitchen Bakery) • Dumbledore’s Dubbel and Voldermort’s Wrath (Iron Hill Brewery) • Polyjuice Potions (Weavers Way Co-Op) • Chocolate Frogs and Wands (Pennsylvania General . tore) • Treacle Tarts • Dementor cocktails

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13-year-old Hiller to show off magic skills

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ackson Studner, a 13-year-old Hiller and AIM Academy 7th grader, will be demonstrating his magical talents on October 22nd as part of the Chestnut Hill Harry Potter event. Known as "The Amazing Jackson,” Studner will appear in a white tuxedo and perform at least four 15 minute sets of magician 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 Top of the Hill near the Top of the Hill Orthopedics and Pediatric Dentistry at 8705 Germantown Ave, at 11 a.m. Jackson's interest in magic began three 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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Local notables to participate in Potter Read-a-thon

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n Saturday October 22nd during the Harry Potter Festival, the story of a community working together to achieve something magical continues with the third annual Muggles Read-athon, presented by the Chestnut Hill Community Association. Join us as we celebrate the enchanting world and words of J.K. Rowling by reading an entire Harry Potter book in one day. This year, dozens of Muggles (for those new to Hogsmeade, a muggle is the term wizards use for those of us without magical powers) will give his or her most spellbinding performance by reading passages from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in front of Stagecrafters Theater at 8130 Germantown Avenue. The CHCA recruits our muggles from all parts of our great neighborhood. They are students, parents, and teachers from our local schools; members of the many institutions, businesses, and organizations operating here in Chestnut hill; and they are civic leaders, city council members, and state representatives. We’ve even had a few guests from Hogwarts take a turn at the podium, with Snape, Hagrid, Professor McGonagall, Buckbeak, Dumbledore and of course Harry Potter lending us a magical hand. The Read-a-thon begins at 8 a.m. and continues uninterrupted until the last page is read, hopefully sometime before the witching hour. Come by to listen, and you may even be one of the many who helps us complete this year’s reading, as there will be open slots for “walk-up� participants throughout the day, as well as a sign-up sheet to volunteer to appear at the 2017 Muggles Read-a-thon. The CHCA will also be selling our popular Harry Potter themed scarves there, so please join us on October 22nd during this year’s Harry Potter Festival. We hope to see you at Stagecrafters Theater during the day. You are welcome to sit for a spell, listen to a beloved book, and see if we ordinary Muggles can pull off an extraordinary trick, with the help of our friends. For more information, contact the CHCA at 215 248-8810.

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tion or to park in Chestnut Hill lots or at the Chestnut Hill Presbyterian Church (8855 Germantown Avenue) or at the offices of United Cerebaral Palsy of Philadelphia and Vicinity (102 E. Mermaid Lane). The Hogwarts Express shuttle will be available from Chestnut Hill to campus and back. Quidditch fans should be prepared to bring their own seating or blankets and prepare to be welcomed by well-known characters and offered souvenirs and snacks. The tournament is expected to be held rain or shine unless severe weather makes play dangerous for flying on broomsticks. Inspired by the Quidditch game in the J.K. Rowling book series, students at Middlebury College in Vermont in 2005 devised a landbased version for mortals known as muggles. Quidditch has been compared to rugby, polo, flag football and dodgeball and the coed sport is both competitive and congenial. In the fall of 2008, Chestnut Hill College students initiated a team and hosted irs first Quidditch on the Hill Tournament – Pennsylvania’s first – in the fall of 2008. Chestnut Hill College’s team grew in ability and fame. They were featured on “Good Morning America” and ESPN and traveled the East Coast to compete. The tournament grew and became the Brotherly Love Cup and attracted teams from hundreds of miles away. The sport of Quidditch now has its own international association and boasts more than 300 high school and college teams, inspiring colorful names like the Tufts University Tufflepuffs, the Rutgers Nearly Headless Knights and the New York Badassalisks. For more information, visit or call 215 248-7083 or contact

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News Alerts NEWS ALERT! Harry Potter has decided to throw his cloak into the ring and run as an independent wizardly candidate for president. His motto? Make America MAGICAL again!” Campaign promises include a wand for every wizard, butterbeer in every pub, and treacle tarts for everyone. Visit his campaign headquarters at Domonic Maestro’s Music Shop and pick up a campaign button. Dominic Maestro’s Shop sometimes goes by the name of Hideaway Music at 8612 Germantown. ATTENTION STUDENTS! If you are an aspiring wizard and failed your potion making class at Hogwarts, you now have a chance to redeem yourself. Professor Milburbon’s Wizardry & Potion Emporium is holding a special session of classes, taught by Professor Milburbon himself. Classes will be held at 12:00, 1:00 and 2:00. Muggles sometimes refer to Professor Milburbon’s as The Co-op Shop at 8232 Germantown Avenue The Department of Magical Law Enforcement will be on the Avenue offering Auror tests in which aspiring witches and wizards will cast spells, after which a Harry Potter quiz will be administered. Complete the quiz and receive your official Ministry of Magic ID badge. Students may find this Department (AKA Chestnut Hill Legal) at 8327 Germantown Avenue If you pass all your tests with flying colors, be sure to stop by the Owl & Newt Printing Emporium to pick up your Letters of Acceptance or Graduation Certificates. Owl & Newt sometimes goes gy

the name of Profile Studio at 8011 Germantown Avenue INDULGING IN TOO MUCH BUTTERBEER? Need to get back in shape so you can outrun the dementors? Join the Harry Potter Workout at Wizarding Life Fitness. The workout includes Severus Squats as well as other wizardly exercises. Wizards, witches, muggles and mudbloods welcome! Fitness fanatics oftentimes call this place Water & Rock Studio, 8109 Germantown Avenue DO YOU SPEAK IN PARSELTONGUE? If so, you may enter the Chamber of Secrets where a multitude of magical activities await. You can make a magic wand, find your school via the Sorting Hat, have a tarot card reading, get a lightning bolt hair design, and even enjoy top of the hour dance parties. Parselmouths, of course, get priority treatment but muggles can probably sneak in too. The Chamber of Secrets is hidden away at 7942 Germantown Avenue. GOOD SPELLERS WANTED! Can you spell aparecium? How about diffindo? Hagrid is planning to enter the Harry Potter Spelling Bee at 12:15 in the Room of Requirement. Can you do better than him? If you’re between the ages of 8 & 12, come on out and give it a try. Enter, if you dare, through the alley at Weavers Way, 8424 Germantown Avenue

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Students to present Harry Potter essays in scholarship contest

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t’s not a scholarship to Hogwarts, but at least three high school students will win a scholarship grant for the winning essays in the third annual Harry Potter High School essay contest 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday in the East Parlor at Chestnut Hill College. Fifteen students are expected to prepare a 3- to 10-page essay analyzing a theme or character from the Harry Potter series or an essay discussing how some element of the series extends into an academic discipline such as philosophy, science, etc. The scholarship is applicable to Chestnut Hill College School of Undergraduate Studies and $2,500 or $3,750 will be awarded each year for four years of full-time enrollment. The award is contingent upon the student’s application and acceptance to Chestnut Hill College. Among the students expected to present and their essays are: Anastasia Rakowsky, "The Undercurrent Theme of Parental Estrangement in the Harry Potter Series" (Schuylkill Haven Area High School) Elise Sperry, "Corruption in the Ministry of Magic in the Harry Potter Book Series and How it relates to Political Science" (Waterford High School) Phoebe Barr, "Role Models in the Harry Potter Series" (Episcopal Academy) For more information, contact Karen Wendling, co-coordinator of the conference, at or visit


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Potter conference at CH College, Oct. 21


ould Voldemort lead Al-Qaida? Could Harry’s travails cause Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? Is there a problem with Wizard Privilege? The parallels between the Harry Potter stories and modern life issues will be discussed in all forms in the Fifth Annual Harry Potter Conference 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Friday October 21 at Chestnut Hill College. No less than five books about the characters and themes of the books will be represented by their authors at the conference, which features scholars and speakers from around the country. In the keynote speech, Jack Gierzynski, PhD., professor of political science at the University of Vermont and co-author of “Harry Potter and the Millenials” will discuss “Do Fictional Stories Really Make us More Tolerant and Accepting? What We’ve Learned About the Lessons Learned from the Story of the Boy Who Lived” I other sessions, the hundreds of expected attendees can choose from panel presentations on Character Analyses, Heroes and Villains, Film Analyses. Textual Analyses, Character Analyses as well as a more indepth analysis of the most recent

Potter work: The Cursed Child. There will also be a 1 p.m. live podcast recording featuring guest Lorrie Kim, author of Snape: A Definitive Reading. Registration is required to attend the Harry Potter Conference 2016 on Friday October 21st. (No registration is required to attend the High School student section on Thursday October 20nd.) The cost of registration is $10 per person, with an optional $10 additional for a pre-paid lunch. To register, visit 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 were made by area students, faculty, and community members. Profs. McCauley and Wendling will be offering a reprisal of their Honors course for the 2016-2017 academic years. In 2014, the first high school conference began.

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Quidditch and Chestnut Hill College by Max Kaplan


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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, sweats-clad 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 seventh annual Philadelphia Brotherly Love Cup. Five years ago 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. 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, Chestnut Hill’s quidditch program--a large force on a campus of more than 1,000 undergraduates--will play host to visiting teams who will compete again on the idyllic campus complete with a perfect view of the Hogwarts-esque St. Joseph Hall in the background. 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 is currently a leader in the International Quidditch Association.


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


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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.

Uber/Lyft Due to Festival street closures, instruct your driver to drop you off at one of the following locations: • Chestnut Hill East train station (100 E. Chestnut Hill Avenue at Bethlehem Pike) • Shawnee Street and Highland Avenue (101 W. Highland Avenue)

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 $4.75 (weekday) and $3.75 (weekend) when purchased in advance. Tickets purchased on board the train are $6 (weekday) and $5 (weekend). Due to heavy volume on Saturday morning for the Festival, tickets MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE for trains to Chestnut Hill. Fare information: You can also find SEPTA bus service via the Google Transit at

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS • 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

Hogwarts Local: Mingle with Harry Potter and friends at Jefferson Station from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The first train to the festival departs at 10:15 a.m. with the characters on board. • Purple Lot: 8600 Germantown Satellite Parking will be availAvenue (behind Citizens Bank) entrance on Hilltop Road via Rex able at: • Lutheran Seminary (7301 GerAvenue mantown Avenue, Phila., PA Limited parking will also be 19119) available at: • Chestnut Hill Presbyterian Taxis The following is a selection Church (8855 Germantown of local taxi companies: Avenue) • Capital Taxi 215-235-2200 • United Cerebral Palsy of • All City Taxi 215-467-6666 Philadelphia & Vicinity (102 E. • Liberty Cab 215-389-8000 Mermaid Lane).

Due to Festival street closures, instruct your driver to drop you off at one of the following locations: • Chestnut Hill East train station (100 E. Chestnut Hill Avenue

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Get Social


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Potter themed scavenger hunts in Chestnut Hill


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 hours per hunt Hunt 1: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p. Hunt 2: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. How to play: Download CityHUNT on your iPhone or Android from the App Store

Compete in a scavenger hunt using mobile app: 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 HAVE FUN! Cost: $100 for a team of up to 5 people Tickets can be purchased at Prizes: Chestnut Hill Gift Basket valued at over $250 Pizza Party Gift Certificate Chestnut Hill Gift Certificates

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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 2nd 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 450 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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Harry Potter Conference Schedule Highlights The 5th Annual Harry Potter Hero Theory Through H.P. Conference D. Gras (Christ Community Chestnut Hill College Chapel), Harry Potter: The ChoFriday October 21st, 2016 sen One – Love’s Victory Over Death 8:00-8:45AM Conference Arrival & Badge K. Peterman (Rutgers UniversiPickup (Rotunda; Refreshments ty), Utilization of Child Abuse in Provided) the H.P. Series 8:45-8:55 Conference Welcome (East 4) Textual Analyses I Parlor/Redmond Room) (SJH 245) 9:00-10:15 Conference Section A B. Fish, BA (University of N. (Concurrent Sessions) Alabama), H.P. and the Half1) Character Analyses I: Hog- Blood Prince: Is there a Mystery in warts & Professors (East Parlor) this Text? J. Erdman, PhD (Stevenson UniKim, BA, Reading Snape's versity), The Sins of the Father: Mind: The Occlumency Lessons Harry and Draco and the Impact of T. Jennings, BA (California Their Parents’ Choices State University Fullerton), M. Lee, MA (Queensborough Dumbledore’s Road To Hell: How His Good Intentions Nearly Community College), Every Tom, Ginny, and Harry: Sexual Imagery Led To Voldemort’s Victory in the Chamber of Secrets L. Ryan, MA (Montclair State C. Harper, MFA, What Happens University), Transformational Dumbledore: to the Snitch Doesn’t Stay on the A Critical Analysis of the Wizard- Pitch: Quidditch’s Narrative Mirroring in the H.P. Series ing World’s Greatest Leader

in Young Adult Dystopian Literature featuring guest Lorrie Kim, author of ence Section C (Concurrent SesSnape: A Definitive Reading sions) C. Walkosak, Luna Lovegood: 2) Images of the Feminine (East The Friend Harry Potter Never 1) Textual Analyses III: H.P. Parlor) Knew He Always Wanted and Literature (East Parlor) P. McCauley, PhD (Chestnut J. Russoniello, BA, Why Harry and Hermione Belong with Each Hill College), Epic Journeys from Other (and Nobody Else): A Ship- the Female Perspective ping Analysis H. Hynson (University of MaryS. Covais (Chestnut Hill Col- land), Good Witches Have Chillege), The Pivotal Character Devel- dren: The Glorification of Motherhood in H.P. opment of Neville Longbottom S. Sipal, BA (Central Carolina Community College), “Revealing Wormtail: Following the Trail of Clues in Harry Potter” 10:30-11:30 Plenary Lecture I (East Parlor/Redmond Room)

L. Beckoff, BA (University of Chicago), All the Difference in the World: Action, Circumstance, and Genre in H.P. and Le Morte D'Arthur

N. Vandever, BA (California State University Fullerton), Man Made Monster: The Unfortunate L. Rothstein, BA, The “Potter Monsters of Frankenstein and H.P Product’s” Effect on the Adaptation Industry and Pop Culture: A B. Kaser, MA (Duquesne UniCritical Analysis of the Adolescent versity),Wizarding Woes: ExplorLiterature Genre ing the Hierarchies of the H.P. Series Through the Use of AmeriM. Barclay, MS (Lee College), can Africanism and Critical Race H.P. and the Third-Wave Femi- Theory nists K. Maunder, AA, Fanfiction: A 3) Divide & Conquer: Splitting World of Imagination the Self in H.P. & the Deathly Hal2) Analyses of The Cursed lows (SJH 241) Panel Presentations and Discussion by D. Cepero, Child (Redmond Room) BS; S. Erichsen, BS; & A. GonzaL. Kim, BA, What’s Canon? lez, BS (University of Miami); Moderator: Renee Fox, PhD (Uni- What’s “Real”? A Quick Guide to H.P. and the Cursed Child versity of California, Santa Cruz)

Loris Vezzali, PhD (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia) Fighting the Battle against Stigma and Group Segregation with the Magic of H.P. 11:30-12:30 Lunch & Book Signing (Rotunda & Adjacent Rooms) Featuring Authors Lorrie Kim, Patrick McCauley, John Granger, S.P. Sipal & Jack Gierzynski 12:30-1:00 Choral Presentation A. Nagle, BA, Cursed Child as F. Baldini, JD, H.P. and the Ori- (Rotunda) 2) Heroes and Villains (Red1:00-2:15 Conference Section gin of the Spells and Governments mond Room) 5) Textual Analyses II: Beyond Fanfiction: How the 8th Story’s B (Concurrent Sessions) Use of Time Travel Eliminates of the Wizarding World the Text (SJH 248) Itself from the Canon J. Granger, Unlocking H.P.: An 1) Mugglenet Academia Live 5) Character Analyses II: Invitation and Introduction to the S. Sipal, BA (Central Carolina K. Albone, BA, Is H.P. and the Seven Keys to Rowling's Artistry Friends & Soulmates (SJH 248) Podcast Recording (Redmond Community College), Myths and Room) Cursed Child a New H.P. Book? and Meaning Archetypes in H.P. T. Moore, PhD (Elizabethtown Join Keith Hawk and John Granger 3) Social Justice and Social C. Roncin (Kutztown Universi- College), “I Will Tell You Where J. Dunne, PhD (University of St. ty), Teaching Joseph Campbell's You Ought To Be”: Sorting Identity for a special live podcast recording Andrews) & N. Shortland, MSc Work (SJH 241) (University of Massachusetts), B. Satterly, PhD (Widener UniAlQa’ida and the Deathly Hallows: Morphological similarities between versity), “I Solemnly Swear That I quests for immortality in Violent Am Up To Good”: The Spell Craft Extremist Organizations and Lord of Social Work, H.P. & Social Justice Voldemort S. Sawyers-Lovett, BA , “All C. Ciavarella (California State University Fullerton), “If Walls Was Well”: Therapeutic TechCould Talk”: The Symbolism and niques for PTSD in H.P. Significance of Hogwart’s Animate L. Freeman, PhD (Mary Baldwin Architecture 2:30-3:45 Confer-

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