Allison Jarboe, Arts Editor
Since the release of J.K. Rowling’s “The Sorcerer’s Stone,” in 1996, the world of Harry Potter has been enchanting readers all ages.
Sun., Oct. 16, in Oklahoma City, the second annual Harry Potter festival will be hosted by a number of local vendors. The event will be hosted in between 39th and 42nd Western Avenue from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The world of Harry Potter has been made a reality through literature-loving folk and any who encourage its story of true love and brotherly sacrifice.
The series, completed with the “Deathly Hallows” released in 2007, follows a young wizard, Harry Potter, who learns about friendship, love, and loyalty as he battles evil alongside his best friends. Coming from a troubled youth, young Harry is introduced to a world of magic and wonder when he is invited to attend Hogwarts, a school for children gifted with magic, just like him. It is at Hogwarts where Harry learns the meaning of bravery, dedication and true companionship as he grows up alongside his classmates, participating in many adventures and misadventures alike. Culminating to a climax involving courage, devotion, and sacrifice, Harry Potter’s story left fans loyal to the series even after its completion.
J.K. Rowling’s literary world has been physically created into places like Harry Potter World at Universal Studios in Florida, and examples of elements in the story have been adopted into modern culture, like remote control wands, butterbeer Frappuccinos and even the sport of the wizarding world, called “Quidditch.”
Oklahoma Baptist University even has its own quidditch team, and some of its members are attending the Harry Potter festival on the 16th.
Alec Webber, senior pre-allied health major and OBU quidditch player, says regarding the sport, “It is a really cool time to hang out with people interested in the same thing you are.”
“I think it is really cool that the fiction can so easily be made into reality,” Webber continued.
Andrew Wright, senior creative writing major and player on the quidditch team will be attending the festival.
“I look forward to the community of fellow Harry Potter fans,” Wright said. “As well as the amazing food and drink that usually accompanies large scale HP events, and the immersion in the incredible world that I grew up reading about.”
Wright shared about how he first became acquainted with the world of Harry Potter.
“A friend loaned me the first book back in Kindergarten or 1st grade,” he said. “And I fell in love with the series. In a lot of ways, it’s how I really learned to read, which is a pretty big deal considering that I’m now majoring in creative writing.”
Wright discussed how he first found out about the festival.“I saw it shared around on Facebook,” he said. “I’m probably most looking forward to the butterbeer and being with friends.”
In addition to OBU quidditch players, students of other interests will be attending the festival. Senior youth ministry major Chris Joines will be attending the festival dressed as Tom Riddle,the younger version of the series’ primary antagonist.
“They are going to have many iconic features that are in the beloved films and books, like quidditch and the tri-wizard tournament,” Joines commented. “They are partnering with the Homeless Alliance of Oklahoma by asking people to donate socks.”
Joines is attending the festival along with other OBU students. “We are planning to go as characters from the books,” he said. “I am a huge Harry Potter fan, so I am very excited about Sunday. For anyone who isn’t doing something that day, they should really come check it out.”
The festival will include a sorting hat that will sort guests into their respective houses, a “great hall” for dining, a tri-wizard tournament maze, lots of butterbeer, quidditch-esque games, and local vendors decorated like places in the book, such as Hogsmead.
OBU students and other member of the literary community can look forward to a time of reminiscence and excitement at the upcoming festival.