Seems like London’s living a fantasy life. Which of these two is the event of your dreams?
WE LOVE HARRY POTTER!
WHAT IS IT? A night out to celebrate the first global Harry Potter Book Night, hosted by author Damian Kelleher. The audience will choose which sections of the Hogwarts stories will feature as readings.
WHY SHOULD I GO? There will be prizes for the most imaginative fancy dress, so go to town on your witch or wizard costume. The entertainment factor will be upped by some special guests, including performance artist and ‘Darcy Burdock’ author Laura Dockrill, and you’ll get an insight into the digital magic that goes into the making of the Pottermore website. Plus illustrator Jonny Duddle (can we call him ‘Dudders’?) will talk about taking on the purists when he reimagined the characters for a new edition of the series last year. With the record-breaking series – and the movie versions – done and dusted, Potter fans can get excited at revisiting the magic.
WHERE? Waterstone’s Piccadilly, 203-206 Piccadilly, W1J 9HD.
WHEN? Thu Feb 5, 6.30pm.
HOW MUCH? £5.
WHAT IS IT? An exhibition of artefacts from pivotal scenes plus sneak previews from the forthcoming series.
WHY SHOULD I GO? You’ll be able to join a House (no Sorting Hat required but it’s a stark choice: George RR Martin’s clans all make Slytherin look like Gryffindor), and attempt to seize the Iron Throne. Plus ride the winch elevator at Castle Black in a 4D virtual reality experience which sounds like quite a ride, given that it comes with the disclaimer that to particpate, ‘you must not suffer from any physical or mental condition which may be triggered by stress or excitement.’
WHEN? Mon Feb 9, Feb 12, Feb 15, Feb 17.
HOW MUCH? Entry’s free. The snag is that only Sky TV customers can claim tickets. But they get to take a guest, so identify one and open negotiations (expect to be shafted royally if they get a better offer).
Thronesters, take a look at this Game of Thrones banquet!