GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) – If you love Harry Potter, you have to check out this upcoming event! The Harry Potter Festival & Grindymelee Quidditch Tournaments by Sparta Cultural Alliance is happening on October 15th. This will be a full celebration of the fall school season at Hogwarts. Wizards, witches, and of course muggles are all welcome to come join the festivities. Costumes are encouraged!
The Grindymelee tournament will include teams from GVSU, CMU, MSU, EMU, Lake Erie Elite, and Chicago Phoenix. They will be playing 15 sanctioned games beginning at 9 a.m. There will also be a sock collection for the “Free Dobby to Help the Homeless” sock drive. In addition to the games, there will be a wizard’s style tailgate festival around the quidditch pitch. The day will include the Bangarang Circus with their “Flight and Fire” performance, GR Exotic pets with snakes and other fantastic beasts, owls from the Leslie Science and Nature Center, games, activities, potions and herbology, lectures, crafts, costume competitions, house sorting, house point competitions, food, and more.
The general event ticket includes entry into all activities and events with the exception of the “Swish and Flick” Owl Art Class. The Quidditch matches begin at 9 a.m. with festivities beginning at 10 a.m. The Quidditch games are expected to last until approximately 7 p.m. There will be limited bleacher seating available, lawn chairs for game viewing advised. These games are sanctioned and will play unless there is inclement weather and the referees make a decision to call off the games.