The event is formerly known as the Wizarding World of Woodstock. This story was originally published in 2017 and has been updated to reflect new and current information.
Calling all Harry Potter Fans!
How would you like to take a trip to the World of Harry Potter without leaving the state? You will have your opportunity to gather with wizards, witches and muggles of all ages as our very own Woodstock Square transform into a world of enchantment on Sunday, October 27 from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. This free event will celebrate all things, Harry Potter.
Several local shops and landmarks in the square will transform into locations from the book. The landmark Opera House in the square will become the event’s main headquarters, Hogwarts. Sign in here to receive your map and information/activities schedule. Check out Home State Bank as it will become Gringott’s Wizarding Bank and meet an owl from the McHenry County Conservation District at the Mixin Mingle Owlery. You can pick up themed foods, drinks and Harry Potter novelties at most of the businesses in the square and beyond that will be participating in this exciting day!
Music, family trivia, a dance performance, and a costume parade are all on the schedule for the day. You can also watch real Muggle Quidditch in action provided by the Loyola University Quidditch Team, Lumos. A strolling magician, Harry Potter-themed crafts, and a live alpaca will also entertain your kids.
Hosted by the Woodstock Public Library, this event will also include scavenger hunts featuring costumed characters from the book, so make sure you dress up in your Potter best. The costume parade and contest will occur at 4:00 p.m. and is sure to be a “hoot!”
A large turnout is expected and space for certain activities may be limited due to room restrictions and safety concerns. So make sure you arrive prepared for a crowd.
As said in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” Come live and experience this magical transformation of our beloved Woodstock!
Witches and Wizards of Woodstock
October 27, 2019 – 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Van Buren & Dean St, Woodstock, Illinois, IL 60098
Grab your wands and head to Woodstock!