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Harry Potter Things to do in New York City

Props as always to Sara Funky for digging up some wonderful Harry Potter activities such as this one in our home base here in New York City which is of course why this site is called Harry Potter Fan Club NYC. Here is one such experience:

The Wizard School Scavenger Hunt:

Hogwarts is supported by magic (unable to be maintained or constructed by any other means) and a good example would be the moving staircases and disappearing rooms (The Room of Requirement). Exploring the Met on a Harry Potter scavenger hunt will make you feel as if you’re following the mysterious footsteps that wander around Marauders Map. On this 1.5 hour challenge, you’ll search for art that echoes characters, places, and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies.

Timeout Magazine Potter Exploration

In Timeout Magazine which is a staple of New York City, they revisit the eight Harry Potter experiences they recommend here in NYC. Whether or not you were able to score tickets to Broadway’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (their theater critic listed it as one of the best Broadway shows), NYC offers plenty of other ways to experience J.K. Rowling’s spellbinding stories. From museum tours at the best museums in NYC to bar specials a couple of the best bars in NYC, these are the top ways to get your Potter on which you can check out here.

All Things Harry Potter

As I have mentioned prior in this blog, my 11 year old daughter loves all things Potter as she plows through the series, always reading the book BEFORE seeing the movie because she feels that the books are far superior to their cinema counterparts and often leave out a lot of the good stuff.

Harry Potter Lives in “Real Life”


Greetings from SpaceMan!

Hello fellow Potter fans! SpaceMan is back with a look at how, in a sense, Harry Potter lives in our “Real Lives.”

Being a Conduit

Harry Potter fandom has spawned a great many websites on the Internet, with the gust of wind from sites like Entertainment Entrepreneurship. Sites include the one you are reading right now which is Harry Potter Fan Club NYC. Although we consider ourselves the unofficial Harry Potter fan club, we still see ourselves as being an important conduit for fans.

A Different HP Angle

The thing that makes us different than other Harry Potter fan sites is that we also look at the correlation between Harry Potter and real life entertainment magicians. We believe that it is, in part, because of professional conjurers that the HP experience so stays alive.

Harry Potter in the Real World

There are a myriad of ways that Harry Potter lives in the real world. An example of one of these is a real life band that spreads Harry Potter enthusiasm through Potter lyrics and live performances! Band marketers like “How to Get New Customers” have gotten into the act.

Harry Potter in Real Life Around the World

It might even be appropriate to say that the Harry Potter series has taken over the world! Organizations like Entertainment Entrepreneurship pale in comparison. There are HP fan clubs galore available as well as many different experiences that those who are interested in HP can attend. These include an award-winning walking tour that is a must for Potterheads while visiting London.

Enjoy Harry Potter Experiences in Japan and Scotland

Or are you going to Japan? Then there is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Osaka. Or how about Glencoe, Scotland. This is where the primary outdoor filming location is for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. And England, Japan and Scotland are just the beginning of world domination.

Film Location

How about the backdrop of Hagrid’s Hut on Loch Torren. This beautiful location doesn’t only make for memorable film moments. You can also experience gorgeous outdoor locations where you can make memories by snapping a selfie. Some of those affiliated with “How to Get New Customers” want to make those trips.

The Actor Playing Harry

Or how about the existence of Daniel Jacob Radcliffe (born 23 July 1989)? He as we all know is an English actor and producer. He is known, of course, for playing Harry Potter himself, based on the novels by J. K. Rowling.

Hard to Shake the Potter Connection

I don’t know about you, but even just hearing about Daniel Radcliffe’s non-Harry-Potter movies reminds me of Potter. So this is another example of real life activities reminding us about HP.

HP and Real Life Generational Sharing

My young daughter has become a fan because we read her books from the Harry Potter series every night before she goes to bed. During this ritual she also reads to us from the books. It is exciting and touching to see her growing interest in HP. This kind of ritual is another way Harry Potter stays alive in the real world!

Marketing Harry Potter


Even Harry Benefits from Good Marketing

“Harry Potter Fan Club NYC” is among the most popular of the unofficial clubs. This is due in part to the new Harry Potter lore that we are always supplying to fans, but it is also because we have good marketing.

It’s Good to Have Friends

How do we have good marketing? Because we work closely with organizations like the Entertainment Entrepreneurship and “How to Get New Customers.” That’s just how passionate we are about Potter. We actually enlist the assistance of those who know how to promote better than we do.

Potter, Though, Doesn’t Really Need Our Help

Of course, it isn’t as though that Harry Potter needs anymore promotion. Here’s what one News entity had to say about it in their article entitled The Harry Potter Effect:

“One reason why it is a phenomenon is because it could take them through so much of their lives in a way most other books for children and young people can’t. “In every book [the characters] become a bit more mature, the problems become a bit more complicated.”

SpaceMan Speaks:

“As the “SpaceMan” of this, the Harry Potter Fan Club NYC, I can say that the Harry Potter books have impacted me in a very specific and personal manner. You see, my daughter is growing up with the books in just the same manner as described in “The Potter Effect.” She identifies greatly with the series and it brings her great joy which makes me happy. She also helps me a lot with this website.”

Wikipedia Chimes In

And according to Wikipedia, the Harry Potter series has been popular since the very beginning:

“Since the release of the first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, on 26 June 1997, the books have found immense popularity, critical acclaim and commercial success worldwide.”

And Thus the Promotion Continues

And thus, we’ll do our part in continuing to assist in nurturing the popularity of the books through our friends at Entertainment Entrepreneurship and “How to Get New Customers.”

Harry Potter Magic Tricks


Making Magic

Hello folks. Spaceman here. It’s been a while since I’ve committed words to this website but I’m back with a fun idea. You see apparently, Bloomsbury Children’s Books did a world-wide survey of the favorite Harry Potter spells. We began to read the list and a little lightbulb went off. As you know, Manhattan Magician is a friend to Harry Potter Fan Club NYC. What you may not know is that he is an expert magic tricks inventor. He can apply the basics of magic TRICKS and create illusions that stun and amaze.

Magical Inventions

So, we contacted Mr. Manhattan Magician as well as his management at USAcreate.com. Here is what our proposal was: we would share the list of favorite Harry Potter Spells and ask for instant insight from him on how an illusion might be created to simulate that incantation. We didn’t expect MM to invent an entire magic trick for each, just give some basic magic principles that could be applied.

This is for Conjurers Only

Here’s where we ask that anyone who is not committed to the idea of being a magician to leave this post now. Manhattan Magician is a member of the Society of American Magicians and has taken an oath to not reveal secrets except for those who are a part of the art. Therefore, if you are not a conjurer, we ask you to, well…disappear.

All Clear? Okay…

Now that, that is cleared up we can get back to our trick making project.

It Starts with the List

The way we are going to do this is to first show Manhattan Magician the list in its entirety so his magic invention skills have something to percolate on. And then we’ll apply a little bit of pressure to have him one by one give us ideas on how the Harry Potter spells can be simulated by prestidigitators.

First here’s the list:

10. Riddikulus.
9. Obliviate.
8. Sectumsempra.
7. Avada Kedavra.
6. Alohomora.
5. Lumos.
4. Expelliarmus.
3. Wingardium Leviosa.
2. Accio.
1. Expecto Patronum.

Spells into Tricks

Manhattan Magician is an incredible human being, not only with nimble fingers for sleight of hand, but also an encyclopedic mind. He took a look at the list for maybe 30 seconds and then began to spout out information. I myself am not an expert in the magician’s art, but thankfully I was recording the entire thing and now give you what Manhattan Magician gave me. Ideas on how to make favorite spells of Harry Potter into magic tricks.

Magic Talk

Again, I must stress, these are by no means finished ideas, but for emerging magicians who have an interest in Potter, this could prove valuable as a kind of jumping off place. Before actually making these into a magic act through we recommend that you consult with an attorney with regards to the legal ramifications of creating a Harry Potter Magic Show full of Harry Potter Magic Tricks!
Warning, much of this is in “Magic Talk” that only those who wield illusions will understand. Here now the list and ideas for your own performance:

10. Riddikulus.

Since this is the transformations of nasty Boggarts from something scary into something silly, a suggestion would be to use any transformation effect such as the color changing silk as a basis. Maybe adorn the first scarf as a scary Boggart which then with the proper spelling casting process, results in the silly version/picture.

9. Obliviate.

This is about the charm that Gilderoy Lockhart uses to accidentally wipe his own memory, and you could offer to the audience that you will simulate the same thing. Have someone come up onto stage and do something like the sponge balls where the spectator holds one and you hold one. Then you cast your spell and claim to the spectator that they will now have a loss of member just like Gilderoy Lockhart did. You ask the audience member if they remember when you took your sponge ball and gave it them. Sure enough, you no longer have your sponge ball and the spectator opens her/his hand and has both sponge balls, proving a loss of memory.

8. Sectumsempra.

Since Sectumsempra is quite a mouthful of a curse invented by troubled teen Severus Snape, a good concept for this effect would be to put the words themselves on a board that can be shown by the audience. You tell the audience to pronounce the curse along with you. Suddenly something odd happens, a magic effect of some kind. This prompts you to put away the board and not use it again

7. Avada Kedavra.

Avada Kedavra means “let this thing be destroyed”. The modern version can be considered as Abracadabra. Us a card changing principle to make Avada Kedayra into the word: Abracadabra.

6. Alohomora.

Since this is the one Hermione keeps using to unlock doors when they go sneaking around in the first book, a lock and key effect could be used. Maybe something like “Locked for Life.”

5. Lumos.

This spell has been equated with the that little torch app on your iPhone, so it makes sense to get the app and demonstrate it. Then show it having an effect on something in a magical way.

4. Expelliarmus.

Since this is the only spell that Harry ever uses when he’s in a duel, maybe challenge an audience member to a duel, a magical duel where the tricks they attempt either do or do not work depending on whether you are going for comedy or not.

3. Wingardium Leviosa.

This is about making something levitate. There are many possibilities here for the conjurer to use something like the floating zombie ball.

2. Accio.

Making things move at the speed of light is easy from magicians. They just use some teleportation effect and garnish it with patter that relates to the retelling of Accio.

1. Expecto Patronum.

A great way to get rid of Dementors by summoning a Patronus to chase them away. Therefore, applied to the magic tricks, a disappearance of a Dementor by a Patronus you make appear, might work here.

In Conclusion

Rough ideas, yes, but my hat’s off to Manhattan Magician for planting some seeds as well as USAcreate.com for their help in getting the word out to the people. Now magicians, go forth and work these concepts into tangible routines!

Our Top 3 Favorite Harry Potter Fanclubs by Harry Potter Fanclub NYC

Certainly Mugglenet.com is the longest running for fans by fans Harry Potter Fan Club. Muggle Net has been in existence since 1999!

Prince would have been proud as seen in the song he wrote entitled 1999 as found on SongFacts:

https://www.songfacts.com/lyrics/prince/1999

“‘Cause they say two thousand zero zero
Party over, oops out of time
So tonight I’m gonna party like it’s 1999″

Mugglenet.com is known for staying current with relevant articles like the one by Shannon Jade that talks about how J.K. Rowling backs a new brand initiative for emerging crime writers.

Here’s an interesting snippet from that piece:

“The Killer Women Mentoring Scheme is a brand new initiative designed to support emerging female crime writers from BAME (Black, Asian, and minority ethnic) and working-class backgrounds. The scheme, which will offer mentorship, workshop and possible publication opportunities, has been backed by one of the most loved writers in the crime genre: J.K Rowling, otherwise known under her crime fiction alias, Robert Galbraith.”

2. Pottermore

Another Harry Potter site of interest is Pottermore at:

Pottermore has interesting tidbits like this Weasley Twins Quiz:

1. Harry Potter Fan Club NYC

Our own fan club here in New York City is one of our favorites also, as well it should be. Hey, if you don’t love yourself how will others love you? Our web URL contains where we are from in abbreviation as seen here:

We don’t update our content as often as Mugglenet but SpaceMan does a good job at keeping it interesting and real, such as the post you are reading right now that was curated by the SpaceMan himself!

Harry Potter Fan Club NYC Interviews Manhattan Magician


SpaceMan Crashes the HPFCNYC Party

Hello PotterHeads, SpaceMan here with a special treat. An exclusive interview with Manhattan Magician. Manhattan Magician is a former performing magician, who now is both an inventor and writer on the topic of conjuring as seen on his website ManhattanMagician.com.

Passing on the Legacy

One of the aspects of being a Harry Potter fan that Manhattan Magician is enjoying, is passing on the legacy of the Harry Potter books through his wife and daughter. Just before bedtime they read to each other from the Potter series. Thus, that is where we start with our interview of the notorious fringe character…Manhattan Magician! I pass it over now to our guest blogger HPFCNYC.

HPFCNYC
Welcome Manhattan Magician.

MM
Thank you, I am glad to be here.

HPFCNYC
So I hear that your wife and daughter are enjoying the Harry Potter series…

MM
Yes indeed. Generation to generation the Harry Potter books do go.

HPFCNYC
What’s it like being both a stage magician and a Harry Potter fan?

MM
I’m actually a former magician. Now mostly an inventor of magic and a blogger. Funny you should ask about the experience of being a former performing magician and a Potter fan. Because I have recently been studying the inspirations for the content of the books. For example, the term Avada Kedavra used in Potter. Avada Kedavra is the killing curse and tool of the Dark Arts and one of the three Unforgivable Curses. When cast successfully on a living person or creature the curse causes instantaneous and painless death, without any signs of violence on the body.

HPFCNYC
Sounds pleasant.

MM
Yes. Quite. Whereas Abracadabra has an entirely different meaning. You see Avada Kedavra sounds much like Abracadabra.

HPFCNYC
I never noticed before.

MM
And as I said, Abracadabra is different. It’s word said by magicians when performing a magic trick. Much like Hocus-Pocus, Open Sesame and the like. In fact, I used to say Abracadabra all the time in my act.

HPFCNYC
I used to as well.

MM
People during Medieval Times actually believed in magic as an ongoing part of their lives. The word Abracadabra was useful for them to be used whenever they couldn’t explain something.  They actually used the incantation ‘Abracadabra’ to ward off such bewitchment and as a remedy for poor health. The word was recited repeatedly, each time with the final letter being removed, until just ‘a’ remained.

It was believed that a person’s illness could be treated with the word in a triangular amulet as the as the word became shorter. I could use such an amulet right now as I am nursing a cold. J. K. Rowling was a genius with what she did with the Harry Potter series and the magic world created, sometimes borrowing ideas from history and other aspects that were, well, plucked out of thin air with a magic flourish!

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” – The Play on Broadway

Harry Potter on Broadway
Have you seen it yet? If so what was your experience of it? Scroll down for more!

Hello All Potterheads!

I, SpaceMan, am your host once again here at the Harry Potter Fan Club NYC. Today we are exploring a topic that has Potterheads all over the world abuzz. We’re talking of course about “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” the new play on Broadway!

About the Play

We’re starting at the beginning by showing you how the website for the production describes itself. Here’s an excerpt from the “About” page of HarryPotterThePlay.com:

“Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne. This epic two-part event brings one of the most iconic characters of our time to life on stage – now as a husband and father of three – with his friends still by his side. Cursed Child sends the imagination soaring with awe-inspiring theatrical wizardry – the likes of which have never been experienced until now.”

“New York Times” Review

Since we’re based in New York, NY it only makes sense to give the #2 spot to the “New York Times.” Here’s a portion of what NYtimes.com had to say:

“Part of the generation-crossing appeal of Ms. Rowling’s novels lies in her ability to give operatic grandeur to the most universal and pedestrian hopes and fears — feelings harbored by anguished adolescents of all ages — by placing them in a wildly fantastical context. (In this sense, her fiction resembles that of Stephen King.) And this show more than honors that dichotomy.”

“Variety” Review

Now we’ll examine a tidbit from One of Hollywood’s rags, Variety.com:

“Once you get past the sensory (and commercial) blandishments and the show begins, it’s clear that director John Tiffany and his wizard designers have answered the big question: What can the theater do for the story of Harry Potter that the books and movie treatments haven’t done? In a word, the theater has brought its own brand of wizardry to the material. Visually and aurally, the show presents a panorama of dazzling effects that draw audible gasps from the audience.”

“USA Today” Review

It’s time now for USAtoday.com to speak:

“For readers who stayed up all night to pore through the brick-sized books, the show’s five-plus-hour run time (over two nights) is only fitting. Our favorite characters (now adults and parents) all show up, and just as in the books, they’re different enough to show they’ve grown over the years, yet are exactly the same in their habits and hearts.”

“Hollywood Report” Review

And last here’s another Hollywood publication, HollywoodReporter.com, speaking their piece:

“The time-travel effect is a marvel of deftly deployed lights and video that yields a big wow moment, prompting a surge of anticipation whenever it’s about to occur. But what’s most satisfying is the way the story expands as it trips back and forth between past and present to revisit much of the known Potterverse.”

Conclusion

Potterheads, if you haven’t seen “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” yet, do! And give us your own personal review!

Harry Potter Magical Double Feature in New York City

Harry Potter Books
If you love the books you love the double feature at The New York Historical Society.

Magic Times 2

Welcome fellow NYC and international PotterHeads of PotterMania. It’s none other than SpaceMan here. And I’m not only a Harry Potter fan but I myself practice the art of conjuring in another life. So imagine my excitement when I learned there is a place that has the best of both of my worlds: one aspect being Potterdome and the other legerdemain!

I am speaking of course about “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” that is cohabitating with the “Summer of Magic” program. Where? It goes without saying that both exhibits are occurring at The New York Historical Society at 170 Central Park West, New York, NY, (212) 873-3400. Also, here’s the website for more information.

I give you the necessary information up front because if you, like me, are interested in seeing BOTH exhibits, you’ll have to act quickly. Though Harry Potter will be around until January 27, 2019, the “Summer of Magic” happening is going to be leaving us, well, just like summer on September 16. Yes, disappearing. Poof!

Harry Potter Fun

Harry Potter I must admit is what I am most excited to see. I have heard it is wonderful. It is described as a journey to where magic and myth began! And as every wizard knows, 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the United States publishing of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”

As stated in The New York Historical Society’s website celebrate the landmark, the Historical Society brings us an exhibit committed to…

“…Capturing the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories, Harry Potter: A History of Magic unveils century-old treasures including rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from the collections of the British Library and New-York Historical Society—with original material from Harry Potter publisher Scholastic and J.K. Rowling’s own archives. From medieval descriptions of dragons and griffins to the origins of the sorcerer’s stone, explore the subjects studied at Hogwarts and see original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling as well as Harry Potter illustrator Jim Kay.”

The showing also boasts of such things as the first recorded mention of “abracadabra,” as a cure for malaria, in Quintus Serenus, Liber Medicinals. Courtesy the British Library Board. Neat!

And Then There’s the Second Attraction, in this Double Feature

According to The New York Historical Society’s website you can experience magic at…

“…Summer of Magic: Treasures from the David Copperfield Collection” June 15 – September 16. Travel to New York’s magical past and discover a world of treasures from the collection of Emmy Award-winning illusionist David Copperfield. Explore the careers and exploits of the legendary magicians that inspired him, see iconic objects used by Harry Houdini, and be amazed by the Death Saw from one of Copperfield’s most famous illusions!”

And Before I Vanish Just Like “Summer of Magic” Which I Will be Doing Soon, I’d Like to Thank Those of You Who Contacted Me Regarding…

…Liking the fact that we’ve added a blog to our format with our first post being called “A New Magical Direction” and our second entry in July entitled “Harry Potter Fan Clubs and More.”

And since a part of what this blog is about is visits from the Manhattan Magician and any other wizards who want to share with us their own original magic creations, we wish to congratulate Manhattan Magician on a recent post to his blog. The post has a long title which is “Manhattan Magician’s List of 5 Manhattan Magicians Who All Perform in, Where else, Manhattan, NY, New York City, The Big Apple, NYC, also known as The City that Never Sleeps.”

The blog entry, just as the title describes, details five talented finger flingers who perform in our terrific city.

Kudos also go out to the Manhattan Magician for being accepted as a card carrying member (it actually says “Manhattan Magician” on his membership card) of the Society of American Magicians. And since MM is in New York, in September he’ll be attending meetings at the very first chapter of S.A.M. that was once presided over by Harry Houdini himself!

All right then. It’s time for SpaceMan to dematerialize…

Harry Potter Fan Clubs and More

Our Inspiration
Our Inspiration

Which Harry Potter Fan Experience is Right for You?

There are many Harry Potter fan clubs and experiences to be had, one for every taste. But sometimes it is not clear if a Harry Potter experience is right for you. That’s why I, SpaceMan, of Harry Potter Fan Club NYC (the unofficial Harry Potter fan club) have taken it upon myself to provide details regarding some of our favorite clubs and adventures. That way, you can judge which one you like the most as well as can consider becoming a part of it.

The Group that Shall Not be Named

We start of course with “The Group that Shall Not be Named.” This club is located in New York, NY like we are and is organized by J.Rosenthal and 6 others. It boasts over 3,500 members. They are united by their love of the books. They meet regularly on the 1st Thursday of every month and have special events, usually around 12 per year. They describe their organization as a way to meet new friends in this huge city.

Sarah Funky Seems to Have Her Finger on the Pulse

Sarah has gathered together some of the best Harry Potter experiences that there are to be had here in NYC. She says that as a true Harry Potter fan, she was stunned to discover that in a city filled with things to do there are not many Harry Potter experiences. It was depressing for her but she refused to give up. So she reached out to, you guessed it, The Group that Shall Not be Named. They collaborated on uncovering 24 experiences to be had by Harry Potter fans.

Harry Potter Day at Target

Target is having a special Harry Potter event to showcase the new product lines for the 20th anniversary. This is a heavily cosplay encouraged happening at a Target in Brooklyn to help promote and showcase TGTSNBN. If you would like to attend please go to TGTSNBN meetup page. The event will be on Saturday, July 21, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Target located at 45 Albee Square, Brooklyn, NY.

Harry Potter NYC – The Group that Shall Not be Named

New York, NY
3,512 Harry Potter Fans

Welcome Harry Potter Fans!We are HP-NYC, “The Group That Shall Not be Named”. And Harry Potter isn’t over till we say its over.We are the largest HP fan club in the world wi…

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Harry Potter Day at Target

Saturday, Jul 21, 2018, 10:00 AM
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What About PotterCon?

PotterCon has an interesting Instagram page worth checking out.

And then of Course there is the Manhattan Magician

For those of you not in the know, the Manhattan Magician is an actual magician who is a Potter fan. He promises more magic, mirth and mystery in the future.

A New Magical Direction

Harry Potter Fan Club NYC Welcomes Conurers to the Table
Harry Potter Fan Club NYC Welcomes Conjurors to the Table

Although this website has already been up for several years, it is a new and magical time for Harry Potter Fan Club NYC as we enhance our ability to communicate with fans all over the world, and dare we say, maybe even in another dimension. Yes, it is still me, SpaceMan, who is forging ahead with this H.P. incarnation. The Magic has never been stronger as we welcome new members like the Manhattan Magician himself. He is an actual prestidigitator who resides in NYC and makes magic on a regular basis at his blog. We at Harry Potter Fan Club NYC are finding now, more than ever, our connection to those who have selected illusion as being their vocation. This connection infuses Harry Potter fandom with a fresh new energy because no matter how long it’s been since the book series was completed, the Harry Potter mystique continues to be big business. Because when it comes to the Harry Potter franchise even when it is small it is big! For example, the third installment ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ was deemed to be the least successful one. Though, remarkably it still earned 90 million more than another famous movie – Twilight.

And speaking of big, it is a big agenda of many Harry Potter fans to join a fan club. But not all fans can attend in person as a member of Harry Potter Fan Club NYC via Lights Camera Read. Therefore we encourage you to start your own Harry Potter Fan Club. If you would like to do this we encourage you to watch Melody Her Highness on YouTube. She has some great tips for doing this.