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A month-long film fest is making sure we get our Harry Potter fix — and butterbeer


Austin’s drive-in theater, Blue Starlite, is bringing back the Harry Potter Film Festival starting Friday through Dec. 9, and there will be butterbeer. And a Diagon Alley-inspired artists’ market. And mini-Quidditch games. Basically, there will be much, much more than the “Harry Potter” films.

But the movies will be the main attraction, of course, at the Blue Starlite Mini-Urban Drive-In’s pop-up at the Graceland Oaks Event Space in Oak Hill. Most nights will offer double features, kicking off with “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” on Friday. 

Plus, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” the first of J.K. Rowling’s spin-off films about the magical creature-loving author of one of Harry’s textbooks, will play on Nov. 22 and 24, the week of Thanksgiving.

Come early to the screenings you attend, as Blue Starlite has plenty of bewitching pre-show entertainment planned, including movie trivia with prizes, a photo station, the Quidditch games and the Diagon Alley-like market. You can also expect Harry Potter-themed candy, snacks and all the Muggle butterbeer you could hope for. 

For those who don’t want a cavity by Christmas, Stubb’s BBQ is also on-site at Graceland Oaks. The venue boasts a playground, a patio and plenty of places for families to stretch out on blankets under the night sky and watch while Harry and his friends learn how to levitate things, conquer a mysterious boy who appears out of a diary, and save the life of a half-eagle, half-horse animal called a hippogriff.

Here’s the schedule. 

  • Nov. 10: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”
  • Nov. 11: “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” and “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”
  • Nov. 15: “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” and “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”
  • Nov. 16: “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” and “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”
  • Nov. 17: “ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”
  • Nov. 18: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”
  • Nov. 22: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
  • Nov. 24: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”
  • Nov. 25: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”
  • Nov. 26: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”
  • Dec. 1: “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” and “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”
  • Dec. 2: “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”
  • Dec. 6: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”
  • Dec. 9: “Harry Potter and the Soceror’s Stone” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”

Graceland Oaks is located at  8907 Circle Dr. Movie tickets range from $10-$45 and are available at bluestarlitedrivein.com

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