What we’re about
Welcome Harry Potter Fans!
We are HP-NYC, "The Group That Shall Not Be Named". We are the largest HP fan club in the world with over 4000 members. Our members span every type of person possible but we are united in the community that we have formed around these stories.
We understand that many people are wondering what it means to be a Harry Potter fan today, specifically because of the words and actions of the author of the Harry Potter series, J. K. Rowling. In the 15+ years that we have been active, our members have formed countless bonds, relationships, friendships, families and more, and we refuse to give that up. So please accept the following as our Meetup “About Us”:
We at The Group That Shall Not Be Named fully condemn the words and actions of J.K. Rowling that seek to harm our trans, gender nonconforming, intersex, Jewish, and BIPOC brethren. Yet, we acknowledge not only the cultural importance, but also the personal importance of the Wizarding World that she has created. For many of us, especially the members of color and LGBTQIA+ members of this group, the story of Harry and his fight against Voldemort resonated with us as a story of good triumphing against evil, of the oppressed fighting the oppressor, of social justice winning against encroaching fascism. We came together as a fandom to identify with and celebrate those values as well as the characters and stories that came to represent them. Little did we know that the author harbored ill intent against many of those who found refuge in her words.
But we grew up. And we came to understand that the meaning we found in the Wizarding World came not from Rowling’s words but from our interpretations, our lived experiences, and the community we found together. As such, we continue to gather as The Group That Shall Not Be Named, not in spite of J.K. Rowling’s transphobia and hate, but to show the world that folks who are a part of and who support the trans and intersex communities and communities of color have always been here and refuse to be silenced. Every day that this story and this author continues to have cultural impact is a day that we seek to put ourselves in this narrative as those who have found each other through this community and celebrate each other’s unique contribution to this world.
We meet up, we enjoy each other’s friendship and camaraderie, and we show other HP fans that there is still a home for them. We also hope to educate others about this and provide a viewpoint for those who might not know about JKR’s hurtful messages.
That being said, what DO we do at HP-NYC? Well,
We meet regularly on the 1st Thursday of every month and have special events almost every month. If you are looking for a way to meet new friends and forge new relationships in this huge city of ours, then you've come to the right place.
We have a wide range of events and activities that are as diverse as the interests of our members. We strive to provide an experience that allows you to indulge in your talents and creativity while having a tremendously fun time.
Some of our events include:
- Trivia Nights
- Board Game Nights
- Movie Screenings
- HP Themed Crafting
- Fan Fiction Readings
- Cosplay Photoshoots
- Convention Presentations and Appearances
- In-Costume Ice Skating
We look forward to meeting you and hope you will join and help us make some magic!
Upcoming events (3)See all
- TGTSNBN Presents Urban Wizards Book Club: Interview with a VampireThe Joyce Public House, New York, NY
NEW INDOOR LOCATION! Urban Wizards Social Club has grown beyond its roots as fans of the Wizarding World. We’ve always been fans of fantasy and science fiction literature, and it’s time to expand our horizons as a group and dive into other, more inclusive fandoms.
We will be running 4-month “units” to explore specific genres, themes, and areas of lore in depth. Our next unit is “Vampire Culture!" (The good, the evil, and the sparkly!) What makes each book's vampire lore unique?
For our first book in this unit: Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice. It tells the story of Louis de Pointe du Lac and his experiences after he became a vampire in 1791. Louis's dissatisfaction with his mortal life extends into his immortal life, allowing Rice to explore themes of morality, love, loyalty, and immortality. This date also happens to be the 1 year anniversary of Rice's death - come celebrate her most renowned book with us!
- January Meetup - Holiday Gift ExchangeMcHale's Bar & Grill, New York, NY
It's the Yearly HP Meetup gift exchange!
Sorry this is happening after the holidays! We had some venue issues in December. Hope to see everyone in the new year!
Members who wish to bring and receive a gift will present their gift to one of the organizers at the beginning of the Meetup. These gifts will be placed in the gift pile. You will receive a printed number that will be used later that evening.
After dinner, the numbers will be called one at a time. The member with that number will pick a gift from the gift stack. We will then open our gifts all at the same time and show them to the group!
1. Is bringing a gift required to attend this Meetup?
- No, but if you would like to receive a gift, you have to bring one to share. If you are unable to bring a gift, you can still attend and hang out.
2. Do the gifts have a price limit?
- Please keep your gift within $15. We understand if you want to possibly spend more, but try not to. This ensures that everyone's gifts are within the same price range.
3. Any advice on the kind of gift?
- It would be wonderful if we all had time to handcraft a gift, but a store-bought gift is just as wonderful, it's the magic of the giving that counts.
- Also, it's probably best to avoid specific houses, since the gifts will be random and you won't know what house someone is in.
4. Does it have to be HP related?
- Yes, the gift should be HP related.
5. Should the gifts be wrapped?
- Actually, this is pretty much a requirement. This is so every gift is a surprise! Don't worry if you are not good at wrapping! This is not a Martha Stewart Meetup and you will not be judged for your wrapping prowess ;)
6. What about HP-NYC's policy about Warner Brothers and JK Rowling products?
- We strongly encourage our members to patronize independent fan creators (Such as on Etsy, and Fan art item websites) and second-hand stores. But we certainly will not police gifts that you provide.
- Wizard Retreat Weekend 2025!Guest House Retreat & Conference Center, Chester, CT
We know that everyone has been eagerly anticipating the launch of ticket sales for Wizard Retreat Weekend 2024. We booked the date for WRW2024 nearly a year ago, and about a month ago, New York Comic Con announced that their 2024 date would coincide with our event. Not great news for us.
We do not want to put our volunteers or attendees in the position to have to choose. We have spoken with Guest House Retreat Center to arrange new dates. However, we were not able to book a weekend date in 2024, and will be moving our event to 2025.
Here is where things get more exciting. The dates for Wizard Retreat Weekend 2025 will be over Halloween weekend -
Friday October 31st to Sunday November 2nd! Huzzah!
We hope you can join us for a magical Halloween in the stunning woods of Connecticut. No dates have been set for ticket sales, so be sure to sign up for our mailing list (if you have not already) to get our updates!
You can sign up for our mailing list here:
Thank you for your understanding and support!
Yours in Wizarding;
We are very excited to announce that Wizard Retreat Weekend 2025 “What Fools These Muggles Be” will take place Oct 31st-Nov 2nd, 2025. We are thrilled to be working with the Guest House Retreat Center again, surrounded by the magical fall foliage of Chester, CT.
WRW 2025 is an all-inclusive convention, and your registration fee includes room, board and 6 meals during the course of the event, as our event is a retreat and not a traditional convention.
We recommend reading our FAQ located here:
You can also find a photo gallery from the previous WRW here:WRW 2022 Photo Gallery