In with magic; out with Harry Potter at downtown Aurora festival this June

A new Downtown Aurora Magic festival will take place on June 9 in lieu of Aurora’s Harry Potter Festival. Photo courtesy Bob Lockwood

There will be no Aurora’s Harry Potter Festival this year. According to festival organizers, Warner Bros. Entertainment’s attorney contacted them and directed them not to use Harry Potter’s name or any references in the downtown Aurora festival.

“We are disappointed that we cannot host another Harry Potter Festival after last year’s successful event, but we didn’t want to just cancel. At Warner Bros. suggestion, we will be hosting a general celebration of wizards, witches, and all things magical this June,” organizers wrote on a Facebook post.

“We are going to host a scaled-back event to see how things go in a festival without Harry Potter’s name on it. Our 2018 event will take place on Saturday, June 9,” they added. 

Until recently, a two-day festival was planned for June 9 and 10. Now festival organizers are planning Downtown Aurora Magic, a one-day festival on June 9.
“Last year’s event was popular and fun. We have been planning a follow-up event for months and don’t want to scrap the entire festival, so we are following Warner Bros. suggestion to have a generic wizard festival instead of a Harry Potter-specific event,” said Kate Purl, who originated Aurora’s Harry Potter Festival last year.
Some downtown locations are taking it in stride. The Aurora Regional Fire Museum will feature a Museum of Curiosities & Local Magic Market on both Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10.
“While we can’t use Harry Potter’s name or specific references to the books, there is still plenty of magic to celebrate in downtown Aurora.  Festivalgoers can enjoy classes, crafts, entertainment, costume contests, games, and more while exploring all that Downtown Aurora has to offer,” she added.
Tickets will go on sale on Saturday, March 24 at 9 a.m. through Tickets will be $10 per person for witches and wizards ages 5+. Proceeds from the festival will be shared among several local non profit organizations.
For more information, visit Downtown Aurora Magic on Facebook.