It's hard to deny that "Harry Potter" has some of the fiercest, most dedicated fans out of any book or movie series. It's also one of the most expensive franchises out there, costing a whopping $25 billion to make. But to the fans, its priceless.
That's why, despite all of the officially licensed theme parks, websites and merchandise available, Potter lovers still find time to flock to unofficial events, like the Festival of Wizardry. This event is unlike almost any other "Harry Potter" convention out there. It doesn't take place in an event hall, and it most definitely isn't tied to the official Potter brand. But it's put together by loving fans, and that's what makes it magical.
Located in the tiny town of Blyth, Ontario, this year's Festival of Wizardry saw the town's population balloon to nearly 10 times its typical size. On any given day, Blyth has around 1,005 residents. But during the Festival of Wizardry, 9,000 extra guests flock to the Canadian town.
So why do people travel from near and far for this fest? Because Blyth transforms itself into a functioning wizarding town, and what Potter fan wouldn't want to experience that? We're talking quidditch matches, magic lessons, Potter-themed concerts and, of course, plenty of butterbeer.
This isn't the only fantastical event Blyth puts on, either. Tho town plays host to Transfigured Town, a collection of super fans who throw immersive weekend festivals focusing on both "Game of Thrones" and "Doctor Who" as well.
All in all, it sounds like Blyth is the place to live if you can't get enough fantasy in your life. So pack up your bags, hop in the flying Ford Anglia, and get up to Canada before the next festival arrives!