[URBAN NOTE] “Why Toronto is so obsessed with Harry Potter”
blogTO’s Amy Grief makes the case that Toronto’s deeply interested in the universe of Harry Potter. (I think it would be too much to argue that Toronto is uniquely interested, mind.)
Toronto might not be part of the Harry Potter universe, but the city is feeling awfully magical nonetheless.
Lately, it seems like the Statute of Secrecy has been thrown out the window here as Harry Potter-related events, shows and trivia nights have become more commonplace in Toronto.
Of course, the new 2016 additions to the Harry Potter cannon – including the first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie and the rather lacklustre Cursed Child script – have helped keep Potter in the public eye.
But here in Toronto, this newfangled Pottermania started earlier, when The Lockhart, the city’s unofficial Harry Potter bar, opened on Dundas West in September 2015. The local watering hole got international media attention and it naturally attracted lineups around the block.
Since things have cooled off a bit, co-owner and general manager Matt Laking says he and his team have been able to introduce magic shows and trivia nights on certain nights of the week.