Los Angeles Muggles Guide to Harry Potter

Los Angeles area Harry Potter fans have plenty to occupy themselves with before the release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”, exactly one month from today. 

Here’s a cauldron full of events, including a new local blog, dedicated to all things wizardly…

Two days ago the Daily News launched “Portkey to Hogwarts”, a Harry Potter blog by Tim Haddock and Sharon Kaplan (h/t LA Observed)

Next Tuesday, June 26th at 6pm the concept rock band “Harry and the Potters” will be performing at downtown’s LA Public Library. The reader who gave us the heads up about this described Harry and the Potters as “punk-rock-library-Hogwarts-save-Ginny-Weasley fun”.

“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” has its world premiere at Mann’s Chinese Theatre on Sunday, July 8th. Cast and crew arrivals begin at 2pm for a 5pm screening. (source: Daily Prophet)

Harry Potter hand and foot print ceremony: After going full frontal during his stage debut in “Equus”, you’d think actor Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) would keep it in his pants… instead, he’s planning on sticking his wand into the wet cement in front of Chinese Theatre. He’ll be joined by co-stars Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) on July 9th at 10am. (source: HP Los Angeles via Upcoming.org)

On Saturday, July 7th, the “Knight Bus”, the “bright purple, triple-decker” from the Harry Potter series, will be visiting the Mid-Valley Regional Branch Library in North Hills from 9am-12pm, and the Central Library from 2pm-5pm. (h/t Portkey to Hogwarts)

“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” opens with a number of scheduled midnight screenings at select theatres including the Grove, AMC Universal, and The Bridge.

For the fans who just can’t get enough, the Harry Potter Los Angeles Meetup Group meets every 2nd Saturday at 11:30am at the Farmers Market. Their next meeting is July 14th.

12:01am, July 21st… unless supposed hacker “Gabriel” is right, this is the earliest fans will discover the fate of Harry, Ron, and Hermione in the final book of the series. Barnes & Noble at the Grove, among other area bookstores, will be open through the night with readings and other events sure to blow your kid’s curfew.

A bit further in the future, on October 15th, J.K. Rowling herself will be having a live reading at the Kodak Theatre. (h/t That Other Blog)

4 Replies to “Los Angeles Muggles Guide to Harry Potter”

  1. I just finished re-reading The Half-Blood Prince and am glad I did. I enjoyed it much more the second time. I’m looking forward to the book and hoping I don’t find out too much before I read it. I didn’t see the last movie, but I think I’ll go to this one.

  2. Don’t forget Whimsic Alley, the Harry Potter themed book store in Santa Monica! The interior was built by film set designers and caters to all kinds of wizard-folk:

    http://www.whimsicalley.com/

    (The website is a bit ghastly)

    I have yet to make it up there myself, I’m hoping Mark and I can check it out soon :)

  3. I’m slowly reading Half Blood Prince again, having just finished rereading Order of The Phoenix, all in ready-ness for July 21st. I might have to turn off phones and emails and race through the book when it gets here so there are no spoilers! Can’t wait to see the movie coming up as well.

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