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Wizards and witches fly to Plum Community Center for Harry Potter-themed fundraiser

Michael DiVittorio
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Wizards and witches of all ages showed up at the Plum Community Center for a magical ride through Hogwarts and the fictional world of Harry Potter on July 27. Mario Racchini, 12, and his sister, Lexi, 9, try their skill at a table-sized version of “Quidditch.”
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Lillian Dedomenic | For the Tribune-Review
Wizards and witches of all ages showed up at the Plum Community Center for a magical ride through Hogwarts and the fictional world of Harry Potter on July 27. Mario Racchini, 12, and his sister, Lexi, 9, try their skill at a table-sized version of “Quidditch.”
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Reading the secret predictions held within the cards and tea leaves, Carol Lynn Duboui entertained those who stopped by the Divination Class at the Plum Community Center’s Harry Potter-themed fundraiser.
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Hermes, a short-eared owl from the Humane Animal Wildlife Center, stands guard over Eeylops Owl Emporium at the Plum Community Center’s Harry Potter-themed fundraiser July 27.

Wizards and witches of all ages flew to the Plum Community Center for its first Harry Potter-themed extravaganza.

The facility at 499 Center-New Texas Road was transformed into the fictional school Hogwarts for a major fundraiser Saturday, July 27.

About 90 people participated in Quidditch, attended divination and transfiguration classes among other wizardry activities, as well as dined on treats at Honeydukes’ Sweet Shop.

“We were delighted,” center executive director Karen Hochberg said. “It was a lot of fun. It was a nice family event. Carol Johnson, our board member, was amazingly creative.

“We had people tell us they went to very expensive Harry Potter events that were not as nice as ours because there were multiple workstations.”

“Harry Potter” is a series of fantasy novels written by British author J.K. Rowling.

The first book was released in 1997. The series spawned multiple movies, and the franchise is worth an estimated $25 billion.

Plum center visitors were given a Marauder’s Map, highlighting various activities, including visiting the Forbidden Forest and Eeylops Owl Emporium.

They also had a chance to win a wizards tournament and gift baskets.

Hermes, a short-eared owl from the Humane Animal Wildlife Center, guarded the emporium.

More than 20 volunteers contributed and the event raised about $1,200 toward center programs and bills.

Hochberg said she hopes to do more more events like Hogwarts, Honeydukes and Harry Potter.

“We have to have multiple small events because we can’t do big ticketed events here,” she said. “I hope to do three super bingos, a couple creative fundraisers and an annual appeal to the community to help us raise money.”

Call 412-795-2330 or go to plumcommunitycenter.com/events for more information about community center programs.

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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