ITHACA — Wizarding Weekend may have technically begun Thursday with an ongoing “Half Blood Prince” Blood Drive, and officially commenced yesterday with Press Bay Alley’s “Witches in the Alley” event, but Saturday promised to be Wizarding Weekend’s biggest day: the festival day. The festival day was distinguished by several free attractions, from Quidditch matches, to street and stage performances, to a slew of booths lining the Commons, State and Cayuga Streets, and Press Bay Alley.

We’ve collected some photos from the morning’s Wizarding Weekend activities below, updated with additional photos by our talented interning photographers Alisha Tamarchenko and Alex Anderson.


Photo by Alisha Tamarchenko / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Alisha Tamarchenko / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Alisha Tamarchenko / Ithaca Voice


Ithaca Hex – the Ithaca College Club Quidditch Team. Photo by Alisha Tamarchenko / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Alisha Tamarchenko / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Alisha Tamarchenko / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Alisha Tamarchenko / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Alisha Tamarchenko / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Alisha Tamarchenko / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Alisha Tamarchenko / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Alisha Tamarchenko / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Alisha Tamarchenko / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Alisha Tamarchenko / Ithaca Voice


“Tom Riddle” and Julie Dean. Photo by Alisha Tamarchenko / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Alisha Tamarchenko / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Alisha Tamarchenko / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Alisha Tamarchenko / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Alisha Tamarchenko / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Alisha Tamarchenko / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Alisha Tamarchenko / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Alisha Tamarchenko / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Alisha Tamarchenko / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Alex Anderson / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Alex Anderson / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Alex Anderson / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Alex Anderson / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Alex Anderson / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Alex Anderson / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Alex Anderson / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Alex Anderson / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Alex Anderson / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Alex Anderson / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Alex Anderson / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Alex Anderson / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Alex Anderson / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Alex Anderson / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Alex Anderson / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Alex Anderson / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Alex Anderson / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Alisha Tamarchenko / Ithaca Voice


“Moaning Myrtle”. Photo by Alisha Tamarchenko / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Alisha Tamarchenko / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Alisha Tamarchenko / Ithaca Voice


Scott and Emma Stull. Photo by Alisha Tamarchenko / Ithaca Voice


Kathryn and Jack Robbins. Photo by Alisha Tamarchenko / Ithaca Voice


Judging the Kid’s Costume Contest at Bank Alley. Photo by Benjamin Torrey / Ithaca Voice


Mandrake costume wins a runner-up prize at the Kid’s Costume Contest. Photo by Benjamin Torrey / Ithaca Voice


A Flying Ford Anglia costume wins a runner-up prize at the Kid’s Costume Contest. Photo by Benjamin Torrey / Ithaca Voice


Festival goers lined up this morning to be sorted into their Wizarding houses by the Sorting Hat. Photo by Benjamin Torrey / Ithaca Voice


A huge balloon-animal Hippogriff keeps watch at one of two balloon animal stands downtown. Photo by Benjamin Torrey / Ithaca Voice


Ithaca improv troupe The ComedyFLOPS performing at the intersection of State and Cayuga. Photo by Benjamin Torrey / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Benjamin Torrey / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Benjamin Torrey / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Benjamin Torrey / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Benjamin Torrey / Ithaca Voice


Photo by Benjamin Torrey / Ithaca Voice


Ithaca College’s a capella group IC Voicestream performs on the Bank Alley stage. Photo by Benjamin Torrey / Ithaca Voice

Benjamin Torrey

Benjamin Torrey is a videographer and photographer for the Ithaca Voice. He produces video spots for the businesses that underwrite the Voice, and is the creator of the Bedhead...