The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

November 18, 2013

Harry Potter event begins Friday in Enid

By Dale Denwalt, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Enid’s first Harry Potter convention kicks off Friday, and organizers are expecting muggles from Oklahoma and surrounding states to show.

Phoenix Quest begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday with a Yule Ball at Leonardo’s Children’s Museum. Music will be provided by Oklahoma City “wizard rock” band Into the Pensieve.

On its Twitter account, the band announced Phoenix Quest will be its final show.

The Yule Ball is $10 and is for those 12 years old and up, co-organizer Tammy Wilson said.

Saturday morning, convention attendees will be able to register and be “sorted” into their houses. Registration will be at the train depot at Maple and Grand starting at 9 a.m., and the convention begins at 10 a.m.

The event is a fundraiser for Leonardo’s, and proceeds will be matched with a donation by Park Avenue Thrift.

Wilson said she’s gotten registrations from surrounding states and many from the Tulsa area.

“My understanding is we have people coming from all different places,” she said. “We’ve had interest from all over the place. It’s exciting.”

There will be craft classes and a presentation on the history of magical creatures from Ken Gerhard, a cryptozoologist who has appeared on national TV. There also will be an exhibition with about 20 birds of prey like falcons and owls.

Enid native Mark Marshall, who did post-production work on the first Harry Potter movie, will give a talk about his experiences and show rare footage from the film. Quidditch teams from Oklahoma State University and Oklahoma Baptist University will compete in a match Saturday at Exchange Park.

There also will be a costume contest and a screening of the U.K. version of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” at Briggs Auditorium on the Northern Oklahoma College Enid campus.

Wilson said she still is seeking sponsors and vendors for the event. Booths need not be Harry Potter-themed. More information about the event is available online at www.iloveenid.com or through the Visit Enid website, or by calling (580) 402-6732.