Harry Potter becomes ‘he who must not be named’ in Chestnut Hill

'We'll be offering a Wands and Wizards night.'

Molly Daly
June 10, 2018 - 9:29 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Officials in Chestnut Hill need to work some magic to salvage the annual October festival that until recently bore the name of the boy wizard created by J. K. Rowling.

Instead of Voldemort, Harry Potter is now “he who must not be named” all because of a cease and desist letter from Warner Brothers, which owns the licensing.

 But Chestnut Hill Business District executive director Philip Miller says the festivities won't completely disapparate.

"We'll be offering a Wands and Wizards night, which will be a more generic magic-themed event with several of the popular elements of the Harry Potter Night of the past," he explained.

That includes the pub crawl, and the costume contest, where fans will still be free to dress up as Harry, Hermione, or even Hagrid's three-headed dog Fluffy.

"We've confirmed that,” he said. “They have the right to come out and dress up as they want."

Miller says the bigger changes come Saturday.

"We'll be doing a smaller fall festival, but the large closed-street festival of years past will not be presented in the same format as a result of the regulations," he said.