Celebrate Harry Potter’s 20th anniversary at these Austin-area events

Participants at the Worthwich School's wand-making workshop in December face each other in a duel.

Participants at the Worthwich School's wand-making workshop in December face each other in a duel.

Monday marks the 20th anniversary of author J.K. Rowling’s "Harry Potter" series.

"Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone" was first published in the U.K. on June 26, 1997, and since then, the series has become one of the best-selling of all time. Muggles—Rowling's term for nonmagical folk—can celebrate the "boy who lived" throughout the summer with these fan-filled events in the Austin area.

1. Create a magical wand July 1

The Worthwich School hosts a wand-making workshop, and participants may bring their own core—a narrow item of magical significance that can fit inside the wand. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $30. Dragon’s Lair Austin, 2438 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. B-1, Austin. www.facebook.com/worthwichschool

2. Compete against other Potterheads July 5

Fans can prove their knowledge about the Wizarding World in teams of six or less at the Volstead’s Harry Potter trivia night for age 21 and older. 7:30 p.m. Free. The Volstead, 1500 E. Sixth St., Austin. www.facebook.com/volsteadlounge


3. Show off your Harry Potter know-how July 11

Meet up with other fans at Hops and Grain Brewing for trivia about "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone," the U.S. edition of the first book in the series. 6-9 p.m. $6. Hops and Grain Brewing, 507 Calles St., Ste. 101, Austin. www.facebook.com/worthwichschool

4. Watch a professional Quidditch match July 22

Major league Quidditch teams the Austin Outlaws and League City Legends face off in Round Rock, playing the sport that Harry played in the books and films. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Any size donations accepted. Round Rock Multipurpose Complex, 2001 N. Kenney Fort Blvd., Round Rock. 512-218-7023. www.mlquidditch.com

5. Dress up as a wizard or witch July 24

The Austin Public Library’s adult summer reading program throws an anniversary celebration with contests, costumes and activities for guests age 18 and older. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free. North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave., Austin. 512-974-7400. http://library.austintexas.gov

6. Worth the wait: 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone–In Concert' on Sept. 23-24


The Texas Performing Arts and the Austin Symphony Orchestra present "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone–In Concert," a performance of John Williams’ score from the first Harry Potter film. The movie will be screened during the concert. 7:30 p.m. (Sept. 23), 1 p.m. (Sept. 24). $36.50-$91.50 (admission), $6-$21 (parking). Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive, Austin. 512-471-2787. www.texasperformingarts.org

7. Throw an anniversary party June 26

Bloomsbury, the series’ U.K. publisher, released an anniversary party pack with invitations and activities for a personal Potter party. Find the packet here.

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