Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts: how a boy wizard made Europe feel magic

This November marked the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter film.

To celebrate, the cast of the world’s most beloved wizarding franchise are gathering for ‘Back to Hogwarts‘, aired on Sky, HBO Max and NOW TV on New Years Day.

This will be the first time Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint have appeared onscreen together since the “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” promotion ended in 2011, so naturally there’s a lot of buzz around the 2 hour special.

Not only that, but fans can expect appearances from Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange), Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid), Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort) as well as producers and directors responsible for creating their favorite. .

There is no doubt that the wizarding world has had a profound impact on Europe.

From what we eat to our perception of fan culture.

Here are some of the ways the Wizarding World has reshaped parts of our entertainment.

Food: Europe’s best butter beer comes from the Pudding Cafe in Barcelona

Where to find it: Barcelona, ​​Spain

There are plenty of opportunities to experience food and drink inspired or referenced in these films, but the butter beer at Barcelona’s “Pudding Cafe” is rated as the best.

The frothy drink can best be described as a less sickly butterscotch. Although the movies describe it as having an alcoholic content, what you’ll find here is best eaten as a side dish with an assortment of Potter-themed cakes, sandwiches and savory dishes, as well as salads and brunches for. the least demanding. .

Immersion is everything when it comes to fan experiences – the franchise’s most ardent followers want to feel as close as possible to the experience. With chess tables and shelves stacked up, hundreds of thousands of Pottherheads feel at home here.

Harry and his pals certainly deserve some credit for showing restaurants that there is value in pop culture. Nico’s Taverna – a Stockholm establishment inspired by the Greek aesthetic of ‘Mamma Mia! »Opened in 2016 with great success, and fans of« Breaking Bad »passing through Istanbul now have the chance to enjoy a coffee at Walter’s Coffee Roastery, for some caffeine without methamphetamine.

Sport: the Quidditch Premier League is a reality

Where: Netherlands, France, Belgium, Germany and United Kingdom

While you may not understand how groups of people can pretend to be floating on brooms – chasing things that are also supposed to be floating – the European Quidditch scene has flourished since the release of “The Philosopher’s Stone”.

First played in the United States in 2005, the sport quickly made its way to Europe. The ‘Quidditch Premier League’ is made up of five countries and their respective teams: the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom, who invented it.

Real brooms are attached to each player in teams of seven, competing against each other until the “snitch” is caught.

Many universities also have teams that compete against each other every weekend in independent national leagues, where the game is played on a hockey-sized field using a quaffle made from a slightly deflated volleyball and bludgers which are in fact chaser balls.

The “golden snitch” of each game is a tennis ball strapped to a sports official, which allows the cat-and-mouse chase between them and each team’s Harry Potter, the Seeker.

The cultivation of this fantastic pastime and the game’s open-minded approach to who can play has enabled an unprecedented number of people to indulge in the exercises that are right for them – 25,000, to be precise.

Fan Conventions: “Remember Years of Magic”

Where: Paris, France and London, United Kingdom

Originally conceived as a fantastic experience for children only, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” grossed $ 1 billion (884 million euros) worldwide.

Over time, the franchise has awakened a very engaged and enthusiastic fan base of all ages. Megafans need a place to come together, to find new ways to engage with their interests by dressing up, meeting their favorite characters, and sharing stories with others as passionate as they are.

The lineups outside of each subsequent book launch and movie premiere speak for themselves.

Several Potter-specific events that take place across Europe each year. The most recent, the “Remember Years Of Magic” rally in Paris, saw people gather in Paris on December 4 and 5 to meet actors like Stanislav Ianevski (Victor Krum) and Devon Murray (Seamus Finnegan). Fans turned out in the hundreds and another event has been scheduled for November of next year.

It might seem like going too far for some, but it’s no different than fans who come together at a concert to celebrate their favorite band, or who get together every weekend to support your favorite sports team.

“Remember Years Of Magic” joins Comic-Cons across Europe to celebrate the legacy of these books and films in a way that doesn’t seem to be wavering anytime soon.

Education: A whole college of witchcraft

Where: Czocha Castle, Poland

If Durham University’s Harry Potter module wasn’t complete for you, a trip to Czocha Castle between 2015 and 2019 might have done the trick.

The novelty experience to end all novelty experiences has seen many live role players (LARP-ers for short) given the chance to be a student at Hogwarts.

140 players at a time were offered the opportunity to spend four days in the park of an old but magnificent castle at the price of 375 €. Every minute of the experience is designed to make you feel like you are at Hogwarts.

Not a stone was left out by Dziobak Larp Studios as Potter vloggers, devotees of quirky journeys, and everyone in between were placed in homes and taught magic as if it were the real deal.

Everything has been carefully designed to avoid legal action from JK Rowling’s estate, with house names and terminology changed. Muggles may have been called “worldly,” but this experience was anything but.

Sadly, the company closed in 2019 after some financial problems, firmly putting an end to the dreams of larp players across Europe.

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