EDINBORO — For six days in October, the playful spirit and serious themes of J.K. Rowling’s tremendously popular Harry Potter books are celebrated and explored during the fourth annual Edinboro Potterfest.

A cooperative effort of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and the wider community, Potterfest is observed with numerous events scheduled Oct. 13 to 18.

On the EU campus, activities include the Potterbowl Trivia contest in three age groups, Quidditch competition, a performance of Harry Potter Movie Music by the Edinboro University Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Edinboro University Singers, and The Hallows Ball.

The Ravenclaw Conference, an academic exploration of the Harry Potter books and their themes, features a keynote address by Dr. Lana Whited, professor of English at Ferrum College in Virginia and editor of the book “The Ivory Tower and Harry Potter: Perspectives on a Literary Phenomenon.” Professor Whited speaks on Oct. 17 at 5 p.m. in Benjamin Wiley Arts and Sciences Center, Room 117.

A family favorite from past Potterfests, A Day at the Castle returns on Oct 18 at 10 a.m. in Miller Center of the EU campus.

In the community, various businesses will make their stores look Potteresque as well as offering pricing specials and Harry Potter-themed merchandise.

New and notable this year are:

New Potter Parody Skits as part of the program Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. in Louis C. Cole Auditorium, Memorial Hall.

The area premiere of “Mudbloods,” a documentary film about Quidditch, on Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m., immediately following the skits program in Cole Auditorium.

Three area schools teams competing in the Triwizard Cup Tournament, which consists of Corn Maze and Haunted Path challenges at Wooden Nickel Buffalo Farm on Oct. 17 and a Canoe Race on Edinboro Lake on Oct. 18. 

More information: Visit potterfest.cs.edinboro.edu.

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