Harry Potter’s birthday is July 31, and The Wall restaurant in the Wilkinson Student Center is hosting a week-long celebration July 25-31. This year’s celebration includes events like the Yule Ball, House Cup tournament and Harry Potter’s birthday party.
“We are having several events leading up to Harry Potter’s birthday to celebrate the books and Harry Potter universe and bring everyone in Provo together in for that,” said event staff member, Rachel Heathcoate.
The first ever House Cup tournament is held July 25–28, in which participants sign up for houses like Hufflepuff, Slytherin, Gryffindor and Ravenclaw. Each day several events lead up to Friday, when the Harry Potter scavenger hunt begins. The points earned throughout the week will be accounted for, and a large feast will be prepared for all participants.
Nate Brown, another event staff member at The Wall, said throughout the week people will dress up in Harry Potter–themed attire, but the Yule Ball dress code is Sunday formal. The Yule Ball is a free event for July 29 in the Ballroom of the WSC from 7–11 p.m. Special dance lessons will be provided from 7-7:30 p.m.
Harry Potter’s birthday celebration begins July 31 at 5:30 p.m. at The Wall. There will be trivia contests, face painting, Butter Beer and other Harry Potter themed activities and food.
“It’s open to all ages, and we’re expecting the big turnout on Monday the 31st (Harry Potter’s birthday) throughout the day, probably a few hundred people,” Brown said.
According to Lia Ludlow, The Wall event staff member, the event staff has planned the Harry Potter–themed event since November.
“Starting November we’ve been brainstorming ideas asking, ‘OK, what can we do better than last year?'” Ludlow said.
A giant Hagrid, floating candles, a large Hogwarts castle drawn in chalk and other decorations can be seen at The Wall.
The Wall is selling Italian soda specifically designed and named for the Harry Potter event, according to Heathcoate. There is also Butter Beer, Chocolate Frogs and other Harry Potter–themed food.
“It’s going to be a magical break from work and school and a fun de-stressor,” Ludlow said.