Harry Potter Yule Festival brings ‘wizarding world’ to Jefferson Parish

A Harry Potter-themed festival debuts this holiday season. The Harry Potter Yule Festival heads to the East Bank Regional Library in Metairie on Dec. 17.

The new festival combines the best of the holidays with events based on the popular “Harry Potter” fantasy novel series. Kids, teens and adults can step inside the “wizarding world” from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. This event is free of charge and open to the public.

Harry Potter fans will recognize most of the planned festivities inspired by the novels, but organizers say library patrons who have no knowledge of the Harry Potter or the wizarding world will still feel comfortable with the various festivities planned.

“Our goal is to get kids into the library and reading,” Erin Korosi, youth services coordinator said. “Most kids love Harry Potter and will come into the library for those books and movies, and then we can show what else we have to offer,” Korosi said.

The Harry Potter Yule Festival will consist of Harry Potter-themed crafts, trivia, games a scavenger hunt and professional face painting. Participants will even be sorted into “Hogwarts Houses” and compete in the House Cup. The Audubon ZooMobile will also bring along magical creatures. Costumes for all ages are encouraged at the event.

Harry Potter is a series of fantasy novels written by J. K. Rowling. The novels chronicle the life of a young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main story arc concerns Harry’s struggle against Lord Voldemort.

East Bank Regional Library is located at 4747 W. Napoleon Avenue in Metairie, La.

For more information, visit the Jefferson Parish Library’s website.

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