Spellbinding Fun At PotterCon

Costumes are encouraged, with the best ones eligible for a costume contest.

For those of us still waiting for our letter from Hogwarts, a day at PotterCon is the next best thing. The Harry Potter-themed event takes over the Paramount in Huntington on June 11, bringing together hundreds of muggles, wizards and magical creatures for a day of Potter-mania.

PotterCon founder Margaret Kaminski conjured up the idea for the Potter-centric event in the summer of 2013. What began as a party for 10 friends in a Brooklyn bar has transfigured into an annual event that attracts thousands of Potter fans nationwide.

For some, PotterCon is a way to relive the magic of Harry Potter with like-minded muggles, for others, it’s an excuse to dress up in robes and day drink. The event is akin to a Hogwarts reunion, where everyone—from the school’s ghosts, rabble-rousers and star students—have been invited. Attendees come in their best Potter garb, dressed as everyone from the Boy Who Lived, to Sirius Black, to Dolores Umbridge. Wizards and elves knock back Butterbeers and Skele-Gro at the bar, while on stage, Potterheads can test their knowledge during a trivia contest.

PotterCon’s stage show also includes a live Sorting Ceremony, where would-be wizards try on the Sorting Hat and find out if they’re a brave Gryffindor, hardworking Hufflepuff, intelligent Ravenclaw or cunning Slytherin. Other activities include a photobooth, fortune telling stations and custom Harry Potter-themed merchandise.

Whether you’re a Potter die-hard who can name every Death Eater or just enjoy a good time, PotterCon promises more fun than a trip to the Leaky Cauldron.

PotterCon apparates at the Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington, on June 11 from 2 to 8 p.m. Find out more by flick-and-swishing your wand over to www.potterconusa.com.

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Betsy Abraham
Betsy Abraham is senior managing editor at Anton Media Group and editor of The Westbury Times and Massapequa Observer. She also writes for Long Island Weekly.

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