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Wizardly Week, Kent's popular week dedicated to Harry Potter, continues in modified fashion

Posted at 9:33 AM, Jul 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 09:33:14-04

KENT, Ohio — While the main event of the Wizardly World of Kent has been canceled due to COVID-19, Kent’s popular week dedicated to the Harry Potter series is still on—in a modified way.

Wizardly Week is typically held in downtown Kent, with costume contests, photo opportunities, vendors, crafts and other Harry Potter-themed activities. This year’s July 25 main event was canceled, but that doesn’t mean the wizarding fun can’t continue.

Local restaurants and bars are still offering Harry Potter themed menus for the week, licensed Harry Potter merchandise and other wizarding products will be sold at local businesses and there will be socially-distanced activities spread across the city from July 20 through July 25.

Organizers have planned activities for people to enjoy at their leisure, as to not draw large crowds together all at once, but still providing Harry Potter-themed entertainment throughout the week.

One of the socially-distanced activities includes a scavenger hunt for “Sorcery Stones.” The painted rocks will be hidden around downtown Kent for people to find and take pictures with. Those who find a rock can take a picture with it and post it to Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #KentWizRocks to be entered to win a prize.

Designated photo opportunities will be featured in downtown Kent each day, weather permitting, for those passing by to snap a shot on their way through the city.

The photo schedule is as follows:

  • Monday – Floating Dementors in Acorn Alley
  • Tuesday – Flying Car at Off the Wagon
  • Wednesday – Quidditch Hoops on the corner of S. Water St. & E. Erie St.
  • Thursday – Kissing Booth in Acorn Plaza
  • Friday – Giant Spider in Dan Smith Community Park
  • Saturday – The Most Magical Time of the Year at Hometown Bank Plaza

For more information and a list of the businesses participating in the modified Wizardly Week, click here.