Potter fans descend on Galway for weekend of wizardry and wonder

NUI Galway student Billy Stewart playing the character of Harry Potter at last year’s Potterfest, Ireland’s only Harry Potter convention.
NUI Galway student Billy Stewart playing the character of Harry Potter at last year’s Potterfest, Ireland’s only Harry Potter convention.

Harry Potter fans will descend on Galway next weekend for three days of sorcery and wizardry – not to mention Quidditch – at PotterFest which takes place in NUIG this Friday to Sunday.

Visitors of all ages will have the chance to experience the magic of the Wizarding World right here in Galway. Special guests over the weekend are set to include Youtube break-out star BriBry and the creators of upcoming original fan film, “Mudblood and the Book of Spells”.

Áras na Mac Léinn in NUIG will be transformed into Hogwarts for three days of magical fun, with a huge variety of events such as Potter-themed games, cosplay competitions, panels, classes, role-playing workshops and guest speakers on everything Potter.

Guests will have the opportunity to be sorted into their perfect Hogwarts House and attend classes in all of Harry’s favourite subjects, from Potions, Transfiguration and Herbology to Defence Against the Dark Arts.

A fantastic variety of Harry Potter merchandise will be available for purchase in the Trade Hall, while some of the most talented artists from around Ireland will be show-casing and selling their work in the Artists’ Alley.

Internet-sensation and self-confessed Potterhead, BriBry, will be answering questions on a number of topics over the weekend, while the cast and crew of “Mudblood and the Book of Spells” will be giving a behind-the-scenes sneak peak of what to expect from their movie.

On Saturday night PotterFest will be hosting their very own Yule Ball, with music from Wizard Rock band, Romilda Vane and the Chocolate Cauldrons. The fun continues for the adults with Hogwarts After Dark, which will include cards games and fan-fiction readings.

Sunday is Mothers’ Day in the Wizarding World too; the occasion will be honoured with a Mums of Potter Panel, as well as a Tea Party with Mrs. Weasley.

And of course, there will be plenty of opportunities to learn how to play Quidditch with the Galway Grindylows, Ireland’s first Muggle University team.

This year the convention will be raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants children living with life-threatening medical conditions respite from their normal routines of hospitals, doctors and treatment by making their biggest dream become a reality.

Special charity events will be taking place throughout the weekend, including a table quiz on the Friday night and a charity auction, with all proceeds going to Make-A-Wish Ireland.

Pre-registration for PotterFest Galway 2015 is now open on Eventbrite.ie