‘Wizarding World of UH’ to give students magical time
Student Program Board Nights and Weekends Chair Taylor Rouleau, who organizes events from game nights and karaoke to the Zombie 5K, first pictured a “Harry Potter”-themed festival while daydreaming in class.
“I was just sitting in class one day, zoning out, thinking about possible events, and I thought, ‘Why not collaborate with our Quidditch team and put on a ‘Harry Potter’-themed event?’” said Rouleau, a sports administration junior.
“After asking (the Student Fees Advisory Committee) for the budget, the daydream became a reality, and I started planning what is now Wizarding World of UH.”
The festival will be from noon to 4 p.m. April 4 in front at the Student Center Circle Drive. Aside from themed games and cuisine, the festival will incorporate a randomized sorting hat and “Ollivander’s Wand Shop,” where students can create their own wand.
“Students can expect to see free T-shirts, ‘Harry Potter’-themed crafts, activities, food and beverages,” Rouleau said. “We will also have green screen photos and a ‘Harry Potter’ mini-marathon with three ‘Harry Potter’ movies throughout the day. There will not be a costume contest, but students are encouraged to come dressed in themed attire.”
Economics senior Andrew Shieh said he plans on attending to make his girlfriend happy.
“I don’t really like festivals, but my girlfriend is obsessed with ‘Harry Potter,’” Shieh said. “She’s been to the Harry Potter theme park at Universal Studios in Orlando, but not with me. So this will be like a mini-version of the experience we’ll get to have together.”
Media productions alumnus and “Harry Potter” fan Isaiah Pena said he looks forward to the event.
“It seems really specific because Harry potter is already kind of a finished property, but it’s great that they’re having an event like this since it just shows how timeless and loved the universe is,” Pena said.
Movie times for the three films at the Student Center Theater are as follows: “The Goblet of Fire” at 12 p.m., “The Deathly Hallows Part 1” at 3 p.m. and “The Deathly Hallows Part 2” at 6 p.m. Admission is free.