October 30, 2011

A Stroll Through Diagon Alley

This afternoon Rachel, Brandy, Phil and I attended the OSU Symphony Orchestra's Harry Potter Halloween event at the LaSells Stewart Center.  The event included a pre-concert stroll through the lobby which was turned into Diagon Alley complete with Harry Potter vendors, live owls from the Chintimini Wildlife center, refreshments from the Leaky Cauldron and wands for sale at Olivander's Wand shop.  We took lots of photos and had a blast looking at everyone else's costumes.  We even were sorted into Hogwarts houses by the sorting hat.

Hurray for Harry Potter!

I found this advertisement for the concert online and thought it was great representation of the Daily Prophet.

Inside Diagon Alley.  There were tons of people milling about.  They sold out of tickets by the time we arrived on campus.  Luckily Rachel bought us tickets on Thursday just in case this were to happen.

 They had great decorations through out the alley.  This painting and candelabra were outside the concert hall.

 Stirring a cauldron full of delicious butter beer while this couple take a break from shopping in Diagon Alley.

 I found Dumbledore standing in the alley and took the opportunity to introduce myself.

 Rachel getting sorted.  She was placed in the Gryffindor House as we expected.

 Brandy was placed in Slytherin House for the second year in a row.  She wasn't that happy but the sorting hat doesn't make mistakes.

 "Not Slytherin, not slytherin."  Phil was whispering right before being placed in the Hufflepuff House.

 I was so excited.   I belong to the Ravenclaw House.  I think it suites me.

 Inside the concert hall.  The stage was beautiful.  There were forest trees painted on the backdrop.  It felt eerie and peaceful at the same time.

There were even suspended candles floating  in mid air through out the concert hall.

 During the symphony, actors would read aloud the winning letters from the Harry Potter contest.  People wrote very nice letters to the characters from the books and the winners won free tickets to the event.

 At the end of the symphony everyone took a bow and waved their wands goodbye.

 This guy was dressed in a unicorn horn.  A very loooong unicorn horn.

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