Ontario town will transform into magical world of Harry Potter this fall


Butterbeer, Quidditch, and live music are coming to Goderich for a one-of-a-kind festival that will transform the small town into J.K. Rowling’s world of Harry Potter.

The picturesque Southern Ontario town is located on the shores of Lake Huron, and is often referred to as “Canada’s prettiest town.” But from October 13 to 15, it will also be known as Canada’s most magical.

The three-day festival, dubbed “Harry Potter and the Transfigured Town,” will feature Quidditch tournaments, Butterbeer, live music from The Lovegoods and Tonks and The Aurors, and a scavenger hunt through Goderich’s historic downtown. If you’re not sure what “Quidditch” or “Butterbeer” are, this might not be the festival for you. There are, however, enough die-hard Harry Potter fans who know exactly what we’re talking about.

Butterbeer at Three Broomsticks!

A photo posted by Megan Bross (@megnb_) on Oct 29, 2016 at 10:10am PDT

Tickets for the popular event, including both early bird and general admission, sold out in hours. After being inundated with emails from Harry Potter fans requesting more tickets, festival organizers have finally delivered. Earlier today, they announced on Facebook that 2,000 more tickets would be made available on January 31, 2017.

Had a magical time helping out with #transfiguredtown ☇???

A photo posted by Camilla Kipp (@camillakipp) on Oct 29, 2016 at 4:33pm PDT

It’s the second time Goderich has hosted a Harry Potter-themed festival. Last year, the town put on a one-day event, which sold out a month in advance and featured a scavenger hunt in which participants (dressed as wizards) learned about the “muggle” (non-wizard) world.

This year’s three-day festival will raise funds to be split between the Huron Food Action Network and improving Goderich’s historic downtown, which was severely damaged by an F3 tornado in 2011. With thousands of tickets already sold, they should have no trouble raising the money they need.