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If your kids are fans of the Harry Potter series, they will definitely want to visit the Smoky Mountains this July 31st! As any devoted book reader can tell you, the 31st is Harry’s birthday, and the Anna Porter Public Library in Gatlinburg, TN is marking the occasion with a special celebration. To help you plan your trip, Visit My Smokies has put together a guide to everything you need to know about the Harry Potter Birthday Bash in Gatlinburg.
When and Where
The Harry Potter Birthday Bash will be held at the Anna Porter Public Library on July 31st, 2017. The festivities will run from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The library is located at 158 Proffitt Road in Gatlinburg, TN.
What to Expect at the Harry Potter Birthday Bash
The Birthday Bash is guaranteed to be a hit with anyone who loves the Harry Potter books or movies! Guests are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite character from the series or to wear a costume that represents their preferred Hogwarts house. Here is a quick look at some of the fun activities planned for the event:
- Quidditch – the Wizarding World’s favorite sport, which is played on broomstick
- Harry Potter board games
- A make-your-own wand station
- Magical sweets and treats, including pumpkin juice
- Screenings of the Harry Potter movies
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, so we can’t think of a better time to celebrate the world’s most famous wizard! The Harry Potter Birthday Bash is free to attend and no reservations are required. If you have any questions about the party, you can contact the Anna Porter Public Library at 865-436-5588.
More Wizarding Fun in the Smoky Mountains
Looking for more magical activities in the Smokies? Here are a few attractions that little witches and wizards won’t want to miss:
Although it may not be Hogwarts, the Smoky Mountains do have their very own magical castle! Located on the Parkway, MagiQuest is a popular role-playing adventure housed inside of a medieval-style fortress. In this interactive game, guests become wizards and witches who cast spells with magic wands. All of the wands at MagiQuest come equipped with state-of-the-art infrared technology, so you can use your wand to open treasure chests, unlock doors, and fight enemies.
Much like a live-action video game, the MagiQuest adventure is filled with puzzles and challenges to complete. As you make your way through the game, you will collect runes and build your magical powers. Filled with goblins, pixies, dragons, and other magical creatures, the MagiQuest game will be familiar territory for Harry Potter fans.
Doc’s Magic Shop
While Harry Potter and his pals took classes in transfiguration and potion making, visitors to Doc’s Magic Shop will have the chance to learn some magic of their own! This fun shop offers a great selection of ready-made magic tricks and kits that will delight your children. The friendly staff members at Doc’s Magic Shop are always happy to make recommendations and teach you the secrets behind their mesmerizing illusions. Doc’s Magic Shop also sells movie-quality wands that belong to characters from the Harry Potter universe. Doc’s has multiple locations in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.
For even more great things to do in Sevier County, check out our complete listing of Smoky Mountain attractions!