Every other event of my road trip will just have to fight for second place, because I cannot imagine a better day than today. Elizabeth, her sister Natalie, and I drove two hours to Chestertown, a real life Stars Hollow that went all out to throw a Harry Potter Festival. We parked on the outskirts of the cute bay town, and freaked out when we saw the “Hogwarts Express” sign on a train, with a Platform 9 3/4 nearby. Little did we know what awaited us when we got into the town proper.
Dozens of local businesses participated in decking out their storefronts with wizarding goods, and the town square boasted a market of Harry Potter-themed foods and merchandise. There were hundreds of people there for the celebration. One of the things I love most about the Harry Potter fandom is that it is ageless. There were kids, teenagers, young adults, and seniors there in varying stages of costume. Families and friends walked the sidewalks, some with babies dressed up as owls. Continue reading