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Spooky Season Brings Harry Potter Themed Events to Arkansas!
Any season is a good time to enjoy Harry Potter, whose storyline focuses on the British academic year but also covers winter and summer breaks, but around Halloween is an especially popular time. Maybe it’s the presence of cauldrons, cats and cloaks on the pages. Maybe it’s the way chocolate has restorative powers and pumpkin juice is drunk from flagons, or because of giant spiders, giant snakes, and giant giants. Maybe it’s the chilly feeling derived from an old stone castle in northern England coinciding with our own turn in the weather. Whatever the particular reason, October means celebrating Halloween as a Potterhead.
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Oct. 5 all day from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Argenta Bead Company in North Little Rock is holding a Make & Take craft jewelry day with a special Harry Potter theme. Participants can make pieces highlighting their chosen house colors, with charms and pendant options such as the golden snitch or Deathly Hallows. Pricing is between $5 to $15.
Oct. 8 at Little Rock’s Nexus Coffee & Creative shop the monthly trivia competition, starting at 6 p.m., will be all about Harry Potter. Costumes are encouraged, and prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in the trivia competition.
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Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. catch Harry Potter in concert at the Walmart AMP in Rogers—that is, the third movie, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, will play while the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, under the direction of Shih-Hung Young, accompanies to performs every piece of the movie’s musical accompaniment, from familiar score to sound effects. This is the third year of this concert series, which has previously played the first two movies, and it is much anticipated. Bring a blanket to settle casually on the lawn (admission is $22) or grab a seat here before they’re sold out (tickets start at $35).
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Oct. 19 in Fayetteville the NWA Harry Potter Alliance is hosting a Harry Potter Halloween at Hogwarts party beginning at 7:30 p.m. The party is intended to help area Potterheads connect with each other. Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes, make a small donation and consider bringing a food item to share.
Oct. 26, the community-oriented Barnes & Noble of Rogers is hosting a Harry Potter Halloween party.
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Oct. 28 at Black Apple Crossing in downtown Springdale there are two Harry Potter events back-to-back. First, from 4-7 p.m. there is a family-friendly Scavenger Hunt beginning from Black Apple Crossing’s front patio, where nonalcoholic butter beer will be available for purchase. The Scavenger Hunt is free and allows participants to meet characters, portrayed by Wizard Way of the Ozarks professional players. Afterward, a trivia night from 7-9 p.m. will center on the Harry Potter movies and those 21 and older can purchase a Butterbeer inspired cider. Costumes are welcome!
Finally, check to see if your local library is doing anything special! My own local public library, in Baxter County, has a day of intergenerational Harry Potter themed activities planned for Oct. 5, and the Central Arkansas Library System has a day of Harry Potter crafts scheduled for children under age 12 on Oct. 4.
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