UPDATE: 9/20/18 - THEY ARE ENCOURAGING ALL GUESTS TO WEAR COSTUMES! I encourage all of our members to wear HP cosplay so we can arrive and sit together as one big HP group! If you can, arrive at the theater at 6:30pm so we can all gather and enter together!
There is also an official FB event page now: https://www.facebook.com/events/320531345167072/
UPDATE 9/12/18 - THIS IS A FREE PERFORMANCE!!! 100% free!
As far as we know, there is no ticketing involved. It will be first come, first seated. Until capacity has been reached.
You may not know that along with being amazing co-organizers, dyAnne and Deanna are also members of the Lesbian and Gay Big Apple Corps (along with several more of our members). They perform with the corp in parades and special events throughout the United States.
LGBAC has an upcoming concert that is very relevant to our interests. Where all of the music will be from famous science fiction and fantasy movie scores, including of course, Harry Potter.
The date, time and location are all confirmed. Hope to see you there!
Join BOOKS OF WONDER as we celebrate 20 years of magic with HARRY POTTER! Help us welcome illustrators BRIAN SELZNICK and MARY GRANDPRE on Friday October 26th from 6-8pm at our 18th St Store.
We have booked 25 spots for the magical Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibit at the New York Historical Society!
This is a guided tour with a museum docent!
Tickets are $26.06 ($25 + $1.06 paypal fee).
SPECIAL NOTE: IF YOU ARE A SENIOR CITIZEN - CONTACT ME BEFORE PAYING YOUR RSVP, WE CAN GET A REDUCED RATE.
Also important: WE MUST BE AT THE MUSEUM AT 10AM - THIS IS A STRICT REQUIREMENT - YOU CANNOT BE LATE, YOU MUST BE EXACTLY ON TIME, SO IF YOU ARE PRONE TO BEING LATE, OR DON'T TRUST THE SUBWAY, THEN GET THERE EARLY!
Check in procedure:
All groups must enter at N-YHS’s 77th Street entrance, between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. - This is where we will meet at 10am!
Cosplay: The museum is allowing guests to be in costume.
Food: We will look into a place to have lunch afterwards, when you RSVP please indicate if you are joining us for lunch.
Exhibit website: https://www.nyhistory.org/exhibitions/harry-potter-history-magic
IMPORTANT UPDATE: LOCATION CHANGE:
I was able to get our venue switched to a larger space. We will now have this event at WeWork 135 Madison Avenue 5th Floor.
This means I can now open up to additional RSVPs. PLEASE. It is VERY VERY IMPORTANT that you are accurate for your RSVP. If you say yes, but cannot attend, you are preventing someone else from attending.
What is Wizard People Dear Reader? It is (IMO) one of the funniest Harry Potter parodies ever made.
Created by Brad Neely, he created an alternative audio track to play during Sorcerer's Stone, and it is hysterical. It also is an important part of the history of Harry Potter fan works. As Warner Brothers sued him for it, despite it being 100% fair use.
I cannot emphasize enough, how every adult Harry Potter fan (because the language is definitely at least PG 13) should see this movie. If you are unsure, or on the fence. Just trust me. Attend this Meetup and see this film. You will not regret it.
That being said, yes, the film is almost entirely available on YouTube. But I recommend not watching it online because you will spoil some of the more outrageous jokes.
We will be screening WPDR in one of We Work's wonderful common room spaces which has a capacity of 60 people.
Please note that due to the run time of Sorcerer's Stone, we MUST start the movie promptly at 6:40pm. So it is very important to be on time, or even potentially arrive early.
We Work has graciously extended their normal closing time just so we can screen this.
Wizard Rock returns to the Parkside NYC with Hawthorn and Holly, Abby Ritter, Tianna and the Cliffhangers, and Ludo Bagman and the Trash! This is a 21+ venue. $10 cover (pay as you please; your entry fee goes directly to the bands), 2 drink minimum with Potter-themed drink specials!
It's been a while since we did a shoot at Untermyer Park. The magical hidden garden in Yonkers. Since then the park has undergone an extensive series of restorations, making a perfect opportunity for a new cosplay day at the site.
We will give more details about the cosplay theme soon.
In the meantime please read our cosplay day FAQ:
The park has a small parking lot. There is also a large parking lot across the street (but I am not sure if that has a time limit or a store use restriction)
TRAIN: You can take the Metro North Hudson Line to the Greystone station. Then we recommend coordinating with other traveling members (via the event comments or otherwise) to split Ubers / Lyfts, etc. The distance from Greystone to Untermyer is less than 1 mile, but we don't recommend walking as its very hilly and not pedestrian friendly. We are also going to see if any of our driving members will be interested in providing trips from the train station to the park.
Alternatively you can take Metro North Hudson Line to Hastings-on-Hudson and take the 0006 bus south. Which will stop right in front of the park entrance.
DINNER AFTER EVENT:
Right across the street is Fontina, an Italian restaurant and brick oven pizza venue. It is a huge space that can easily accommodate our group. To make this even easier, please comment on your RSVP if you will be joining us for dinner or not. More info about Fontina:
We purchased a block of tickets so we can all sit together. This RSVP is to PURCHASE TICKETS FROM OUR BLOCK ONLY.
If you need to purchase tickets on your own, we are seeing the Nov 15th 8:20pm standard screening. Theater Auditorium 9
Ticket price includes PayPal processing fee.
WE CANNOT ACCEPT CASH AT ALL. We fronted all the money for these tickets, so we need to recoup as rapidly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
This is one of our more unique events and we hope there is a lot of interest as it should prove to be a magical day!
We will be providing a van and transporting 13 witches and wizards to the Moresca Open House.
Moresca is one of the premier Ren Faire garb designers. Three times a year they open their showroom to the public and have a huge sale.
The showroom is an elaborate barn house with a grand hall and numerous fitting rooms. Plenty of staff are available to help you make your selections. Ana and I went several years ago and had an amazing time shopping for new garb.
We will spend 3-4 hours at Moresca (or less as needed), before heading to a local restaurant for lunch (we are still working on the lunch location).
Then we will head about an hour down the road to Brotherhood Winery. Brotherhood has several interesting things going for it. First, it is America's oldest continually operating winery, as it was not shut down during prohibition because they produced religious wine.
Second, it is the producer of Carol's Mead! Which IMO is one of the better meads on the market and the mead of choice at the Tuxedo NY Ren Faire.
We will take the Brotherhood Winery tour, and if you like, sample a tasting flight.
PLEASE NOTE: RETURN TIME IS AN ESTIMATE. IF WE FINISH THE WINERY EARLIER WE CAN HEAD BACK TO NYC EARLIER.
The only fee we will be charging is $27 per person for the van.
Moresca does not charge admission to the open house.
Lunch is for each person to pay on their own, we will aim to find a location that is reasonably priced.
Brotherhood Winery has a few options that you can pay for when you are there (we are not handling the payments for this).
Those options are:
- Tour and Flight Tasting - $10 (includes wine glass)
- Just the tour - $6
- Just wine tasting flight - $7 (includes wine glass)
Obviously you must be 21+ to participate in the wine tasting, but there is no age restriction for the tour.
Brotherhood Winery: http://www.brotherhood-winery.com/index.html
Tickets on sale now! $5 from each ticket sold benefits the Harry Potter Alliance.
Recommended attire: formal/magical/holiday/casual/muggle/etc. Be yourself. Be a wizard. Be a fancy wizard. Whatever you want. It’s all good!
This is the LAST TOUR of The Whomping Willows! They are retiring after these shows!
Harry and the Potters
The Whomping Willows (final 3 shows!)
Tonks and the Aurors
The Swedish Shortsnouts (from Sweden!)
Ticket Purchase Link: