The first Harry Potter book is now 21 years old and it’s time to celebrate.
From 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 30, the Friends of the Elkhart Public Library will be hosting Harry Potter 21, an all ages event celebrating all things Harry Potter on High Street, outside of the downtown library.
There will be trivia from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., a costume/cosplay contest at 6:30 p.m. and local Harry Potter band Neville’s Diary will take the stage at 7 p.m.
Food vendors Mini Delight’s Bake Shoppe Hotdogeddy’s, ParmaJacos, Kona Ice and Maple Indian Cuisine will be serving up food while cold beer will be on tap from Iechyd Da’s dragon wagon.
“The story is coming of age, so we thought ‘why not throw a party,'” said EPL community engagement coordinator Jill Yoder.
The alley across High Street from the library will serve as the Potter universe’s Diagon Alley, with vendors offering wand making and a real magician showing some tricks, among other activities.
“We wanted to do it on the street in front of our spot downtown. The opportunity to use the alley down to Mini Delights as a Diagon Alley was too good to pass up,” said Yoder.
Centier Bank will serve as Olivander’s Wand Shop and Gringott’s, Potawatomi Zoo will substitute for Eeylop’s Owl Emporium by providing a live owl and other creatures, Stephenson’s will be Madame Malkin’s, selling special t-shirts and Barnes and Noble serving as Flourish and Blotts. Froggy 102.7 FM and Abracadabra Magic will be there as well.
“We tried to pick vendors for Diagon Alley that fit in with the book,” Yoder said.
Entrances to the festival will be at High and Main streets, Second and High streets, the north end of the alley between Lexington and High streets, near the art alley and another near the alley entrance off High Street.
“You only get a chance to celebrate the 21st once,” she said.