The 2016 festival attracted over 45,000 people. There was enough parking for about 45 people, so this was a bit awkward. There's a new plan for 2017.

The 7th Annual Harry Potter Festival returns to Chestnut Hill, PA, on October 21, 2017, from 11 am to 4 pm.

Hermione, 2012

Quidditch Tournament at Chestnut Hill College
9 am - 4 pm

Festival, Chestnut Hill
11 am - 4 pm

Shuttle buses and police checkpoints for Harry Potter Festival

The 2016 festival attracted over 45,000 people. There was enough parking for  about 45 people, so this was a bit awkward. There's a new plan for 2017.

There's also a bit of festivity on Friday night (the 20th) in Chestnut Hill.

More information

The 6th Annual Harry Potter Festival returns to Chestnut Hill, PA, on October 22, 2016, from 11 am to 5 pm.

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The 6th Annual Harry Potter Festival returns to Chestnut Hill, PA, on October 22, 2016, from 11 am to 5 pm.

Quidditch Tournament at Chestnut Hill College
9 am - 6 pm

Festival, Chestnut Hill
11 am - 5 pm

Saturday, October 17, 2015.

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Saturday, October 17, 2015
Harry Potter Festival
& Quidditch Tournament

Details at chestnuthillpa.com

A quidditch team is one part Harry Potter literary geeks and one part athletes who have been banned from every other college sport for unnecessary roughness.

The Chestnut Hill College team won the 2014 Philadelphia Brotherly Love Quidditch Cup.

If that sentence means nothing to you, you haven't read the Harry Potter books or seen the movies or spoken to a child in ten years. You should get out more. It's not all about Taylor Swift.

A quidditch team is one part Harry Potter literary geeks and one part athletes who have been banned from every other college sport for unnecessary roughness.

Here's a documentary (which means it's real) on the (real) college tournaments:

Transforming Harry Potter's fictional competition into a physically demanding, real-life sport, Quidditch has secured its place as one of the fastest growing collegiate club sports today. MUDBLOODS follows the resilient underdogs of the UCLA Quidditch team as they make their way to the Fifth Annual Quidditch World Cup in New York City. Through nail biting victories and losses, the dreamers, creators and athletes who make up this exceptional community come together to make this magical sport into something you could've never imagined, until now.
-- official website

This year's Love Cup Tournament is at Chestnut Hill College on October 17, 2015.

The documentary is available here.