It’s magic! A free way to see sold-out Potter Fest

PITMAN – No spell and flick of the magic wand can conjure a ticket to the sold-out Pitman Potter Festival Saturday.

While wizards won’t be a part of the paid Hogwarts house-sorting ceremony, there are tons of events going on in Uptown Pitman that don’t need a wristband or are magically free.

The festival kicks off Friday night with a 6 p.m. showing of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” at Broadway Theatre of Pitman. Admission is $5.

Muggles and wizards descend on Pitman Saturday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. when Uptown Pitman completes its transformation to a magical, spellbinding world.


Make your magic: Harry Potter-themed festival starts at 10 a.m. at Restored Antiquity with owners Amanda Lampkin and Angela Porto leading magic wand-making classes. Build your wand by hand before the festival begins and take it it to the free events in the borough parks. The quick class – lasting about 25 minutes – costs $25.

Handmade spells: The Scarecrow Factory and Olde Pear Primitives – which share a storefront on Broadway – have handmade Harry Potter-inspired items for sale, including brooms.

Flying school: Caffeinated Cyclist holds Quidditch flying school on its newest model Nimbus.

Free Dobby: Donate a pair of socks or $1 when you stop by SharpLink staffing, and you can free Dobby! The donations benefit Youth Voice, the Youth Leadership Council of the Kids Caring Foundation.


11 a.m. to noon – Science-tellers Dragons and Dreamers fuses science with storytelling. Located at Ballard Park.

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Try your sense of direction in the Tri-Wizard maze. Located at Shertel Park.

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Can you keep your wits about you in a life-size game of chess on a giant board? Located at Shertel Park.

1 to 2 p.m. & 2:15 to 3 p.m. – Harry Potter Trivia tests 10 teams of six people or fewer with three rounds of questions that get increasingly more challenging. The use of spells is prohibited. Located at Ballard Park.

3 p.m. – Rowan University’s Quidditch team plays an exhibition game. Located at McBurney Field.

3 to 4 p.m. – Channel your favorite Potter characters at the Potter Festival Costume Contest in which awards are given to the best Hogwarts student, teacher and non-human creature. Located at Ballard Park.

4 to 5 p.m. – The Dance Party in the Park closes out the day of wizarding events. Located at Ballard Park.


Food trucks and craft vendors will be stationed at Shertel Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Uptown businesses are offering lots of magical eats, too.

Just Cookies, Chloe’s Creme Puffs and the Broadway Bakery created sweet treats for Potter fans.

Sweet Lula’s has a Potter Feast, including Slytherin sausage, Hufflepuff fish and chips, Ravenclaw roast chicken and Gryffindor Salad.

Human Village and Kelly Green brewing companies are serving Hogwarts professors’ alcoholic butter beer, and non-alcoholic young wizard-friendly versions.

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