Harry who? Chestnut Hill Witches and Wizards fest carries on without its famous namesake

Chestnut Hill’s popular fall festival celebrating the world of Harry Potter lost its name, but not its following when the owner of the franchise, Warner Brothers, threatened legal action if the town continued to infringe on its copyright.

As a result of Warner Brothers’ cease and desist letter, the Chestnut Hill Business District renamed this year’s two-day event Witches and Wizards Festival.

In spite of the change of theme, thousands of Harry Potter devotees strolled the sidewalks of Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill Saturday dressed in wizard robes representing the four Houses of Hogwarts.

The weekend kicked off Friday night with a pub crawl along 10 blocks of Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill. Saturday’s events included hayrides, kid’s crafts, a straw maze, and a performance by The Little Circus.

Unaffected by legal threats was the 7th Annual Harry Potter Conference at Chestnut Hill College which explored academic themes in J. K. Rowling’s books. The college also hosted the 9th Annual Brotherly Love Cup a round robin Quidditch Tournament with participating teams from colleges and universities in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern States.

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