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THE WIZARDING WORLD OF JONESBOROUGH: Potter celebration charms Main Street

By SERINA MARSHALL

Staff Writer

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Expecto Patronum!

On July 31st, the streets of Jonesborough were filled with magic as a town-wide birthday celebration for Harry Potter commenced.

Main Street conjured up joy, happiness and hope, as wizards and muggles alike roamed the streets eating Butterbeer cookies and drinking Polyjuice Potion.

“I enjoyed watching the people in different costumes,” said muggle, Sondra Baker. “I was delighted to see so many people there.”

Sondra and her husband, aspiring wizard, Mike Baker, came from Kingsport to enjoy the event. “It was great to see the town under a spell of celebration,” Mike Baker said. “It was some enchanted evening.”

The event not only included drinks and snacks, but photo opportunities were scattered throughout the streets. There was also a Sorcerer’s Sprint, that began in front of the

International Storytelling Center, also known as, Platform 9 ¾.

Quite a few stores offered their birthday wishes to Harry by handing out treats and trinkets.

Summer Locke and Tami Moore of the Pink Whale enjoyed handing out cookies to the party-goers.

“Have a Butterbeer cookie,” Locke said to each person coming through the door. “I am really enjoying this.”

In additions to the surprises that manifested with every step through the fog-laden street, you never knew who you would run into.

“Is your paper like the Daily Prophet?” Harry Potter (Will Stephens) asked. “I like that one.”

His walking companion was not as conversational.

“You don’t even care who I am,” Draco Malfoy (Tristan Matthews) said. “My father will be hearing about this.”

In addition to Harry and Draco, other birthday guests included Ron and Ginny Weasley, Heromine Granger, Bellatrix Lestrange, Severus Snape, Hagrid and Fleur Delacour.

“We are happy to see so many people here,” said Kelly Hall, a Jonesborough Visitor Center employee. “We are looking to expand it next year to add more stuff.”

Walking down Main Street and seeing the Knight Bus was a magical experience that won’t soon be forgotten for those in attendance Saturday.

“I rate the whole event 9 ¾,” Mike Baker said. “Happy birthday, Harry!”