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Lawrence County community magically transforms for Harry Potter festival

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VOLANT, Pa. -

Magic is happening this weekend in a quaint town in northern Lawrence County. The first ever "Festival that Shall Not be Named" will transform Volant into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. 

Potterheads, and magic fans alike will have the opportunity to shop artisan and handmade goods inspired by the popular novels by J.K. Rowling, 

Special-Teas, Etc., in conjunction with Nova Destinations, have planned a weekend of themed fun for the whole family.

Heather Butchy, a coordinator of the Volant PotterFest, said that the entire town of Volant is adopting a Harry Potter theme, hoping to join in on the fun. 

Butchy said that more than a dozen shops have put up decor, false storefronts, and helped in transforming the quiet town into the famous "Diagon Alley" from the wizarding series.  

The Harry Potter Festival will feature shops set up as popular Diagon Alley stores; from Gringott's Bank and Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlor to Slug & Jigger's Apothecary and the Leaky Cauldron. Local restaurants and food vendors will be on site along with Potter-themed foods like butterbeer, polyjuice potion, chocolate frogs and more. There will also be some sightings of favorite characters, photo booths, face painting, Potter themed crafts and edible wands.  

Butchy said coordinators got the idea after the annual Witches Night Out last year. She said three shops came together and decided to test out a Harry Potter theme, and the whole event exploded. 

Saturday's fest in Volant is expected to attract three to four thousand people, according to Butchy. Potterfest will take place in shops along Route 208, also known as Main Street, on Saturday, July 29th from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. 

PotterFest runs in conjunction with Nova Destinations "Fantastic Drinks and Where to Find Them Family Trail". 

The trail features local breweries, wineries, and restaurants transformed into Potter-esque watering holes, such as The Squeaky Cauldron, Azkaban Penitentiary, Head Master's Quarters, and 32 Broomsticks. 

The trail is family friendly and will feature non-alcoholic drinks so that the entire family can join in on the fun.  

However, tickets must be purchased or reservations made through Nova Destinations. 

The family trail runs Friday and Saturday from 12 pm through 10 pm and Sunday 12 pm until 5 pm.

Tickets are available online at Nova Wine's website or in the stores. Ticket prices vary by day, age, and number of shops. 
 

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