ITHACA, N.Y. — Thousands of Muggles, witches, wizards, patronuses, giants, dragons and Harry Potter lovers have descended on downtown Ithaca for a “Wizarding Weekend” event that was first thought of about two weeks ago.

The Ithaca Voice has spoken with travelers from as far away as northern Pennsylvania to as close by as Tioga Street who wanted to be part of the transformation of a quiet Ithaca alley into a testament to their Harry Potter fandom.


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Their reactions? Of the ones we’ve spoken to, at least: Two wands up.
Here are 7 of the most magical moments we’ve noticed so far:

1) Hogwarts Acceptance Letter (or Howler) from Hagrid

The line for a Hogwarts acceptance letter extended half a block along South Cayuga Street.

Hagrid was at the front of the line, signing the letters and handing out school supplies list to the accepted Hogwards candidates.

“Don’t forget to pick up your school supplies,” he said.

If you ever wanted someone to say, “You’re a wizard,” this was the place to go.

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2) Wizard chess

Outside of the Cornell Daily Sun building, dozens watched as human chess players participated in “Wizarding Chess.”

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