Gather your textbooks, call your owl, and iron your robes, because it's time to go back to Hogwarts. Each year on Sept. 1, the biggest Harry Potter fans gather at London's Kings Cross Station and raise their wands at 11 a.m. to mark the departure of the Hogwarts Express from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters. But this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the celebration will go digital, allowing Harry Potter fans around the world to partake in the magic.
The event, which starts Aug. 29, will take place on the Back to Hogwarts Hub on WizardingWorld.com. Start off by joining the free Harry Potter Fan Club and getting sorted into your house (if, for some reason, you aren't already). Then immerse yourself in the magical world with a wand combat demonstration from wand choreographer Paul Harris, various orchestra performances of music from the Harry Potter films, celebrity readings of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, and more.
The main event, however, will occur on Sept. 1, via a Back to Hogwarts Livestream that includes virtual visits from James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley) and Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy).
And if you aren't exhausted from Harry Potter excitement, the USA and SYFY networks will be streaming all eight movies back-to-back-to-back, which means you're gonna need a whole lot of popcorn, and maybe some butterbeer. The marathon starts Aug. 28 on USA at 6 a.m. ETT and Aug. 30 on SYFY at 8 a.m. ET, so you really can watch all weekend long. But before you get totally caught up in the excitement and frenzy of the back-to-school season, remember it's never too early to start studying for your OWLS.
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