With Back to Hogwarts on the horizon, you might be wondering how you can celebrate this iconic day if you’re unable to get to King’s Cross Station. Luckily for you, there are plenty of ways for everyone to get involved! We’ve put together a round-up of wizarding experiences that you can do to celebrate.

Harry Potter: Magic at Play Chicago

From exploring famous locations like the Great Hall to getting hands-on in Hogwarts classes, Harry Potter: Magic at Play in Chicago is a fantastic, family-friendly way to celebrate Back to Hogwarts. Why not take a picture with the Sorting Hat, play a game of Quidditch or even send a postcard home to the Muggles via Owl Post?

This year Magic at Play is pulling out all the stops to celebrate the day when young witches and wizards journey back to Hogwarts. Not only are they decorating with fun streamers and pennants but from the 31st August to the 1st September, there will be a complimentary bottle of Butterbeer for the first 500 or 1,000 guests each day (ticketed and non-ticketed).

And if that’s not enough you will be able to save 25% on Hogwarts™, Hogwarts™ Express and Harry Potter: Magic at Play specific merchandise on those days.

Finally, don’t forget to enter the special giveaway! Both ticketed and non-ticketed guests can enter the raffle and have the chance to win an item from the Magic at Play retail store. Pop your name into the cauldron, cross your fingers (and maybe have a quick sip of Felix Felicis!) and see if your name is the one a Magic at Play staff member pulls from the cauldron. With names being picked every hour there are plenty of opportunities to win.

Want to know more about how to get stuck into celebrating back to Hogwarts with Harry Potter: Magic at Play Chicago? Click here.

A young boy sits in a boat that looks like the ones first-years ride to Hogwarts. He is holding up a wand.

IMAGE: Magic at Play in Chicago

Harry Potter: The Exhibition Paris

If you’re a Harry Potter fan who happens to be in Paris during Back to Hogwarts, you should definitely visit Harry Potter: The Exhibition. This ground-breaking, interactive experience features beautifully crafted environments that celebrate the memorable moments, characters, settings and beasts in the Harry Potter films. Not only will you be able to get up close and personal with everything from authentic props to the original costumes but guests who buy tickets for Harry Potter: The Exhibition on the 2nd September can expect a day of celebration.

Treasure your commemorative ‘Back to Hogwarts’ ticket. Listen carefully to the complimentary audio guide. Have fun with the free outdoor activities. Win points for your house with a live, interactive quiz! And even find time for a custom engraving on purchased Arribas glassware.

You can find out everything you need to know about Harry Potter: The Exhibition Paris here.

A family stand in the Harry Potter exhibition looking around. The walls are similar to castle walls.

IMAGE: Harry Potter: The Exhibition in New York City

Harry Potter: The Exhibition New York City

If you like the sound of Harry Potter: The Exhibition but don’t happen to be in France, you can still participate in this enthralling experience in New York City. With the same interactive technology, you’ll also have the chance to choose, your Hogwarts house, wand and Patronus and plunge into this experience where you can sink into Hagrid’s giant chair, try your hand at throwing a Quaffle or squeeze yourself into the cupboard under the stairs while learning all about what went into the making of these films.

If you’re a student, you can also make the most of this fantastic exhibition with the month-long student special running throughout September. Students can book tickets for $20 throughout this month with a valid photo ID.

Visitors can also celebrate the start of the new school year with a complimentary Italian ice, served up in Hogwarts house colours!

For more information about how you can visit Harry Potter: The Exhibition New York, click here.

People are throwing Quaffles through hoops in a Quidditch style game at the Harry Potter exhibition.

IMAGE: Harry Potter: The Exhibition in Paris

Harry Potter: A Yule Ball Celebration Sydney

G’day to all our Australian fans! We’re sure you’re all eager to celebrate Back to Hogwarts too. And what better way to celebrate heading back to Hogwarts than at the most famous party to take place at that very same wizarding school? We’re talking about the Yule Ball of course! Both Back to Hogwarts and the Yule Ball are moments of celebration in the wizarding world and you can be a part of the merriment. Step into a stunning, Great Hall inspired venue where you can enjoy energetic performances, exciting displays of wizardry and Hogwarts-themed decorations.

If you need a break from dancing the night away, there is also the Yule Ball market which is teeming with products from wands to robes to other wizarding items. You can also show off your house pride with photo opportunities that have been inspired by the four Hogwarts houses.

So, if you want to dazzle on the dancefloor or simply take in the festive atmosphere, you can find out more information here.


IMAGE: Harry Potter: A Yule Ball Celebration

These are just some of the exciting things happening around Back to Hogwarts season for 2023 – that time of the year where Harry Potter fans come together to celebrate Harry Potter’s epic journey to school. Find out how else we are celebrating this year, be it physically or digitally, right here. You can also sign up to our handy newsletter at the Harry Potter Fan Club, to be kept constantly in the loop.