The Children’s Advocacy Center’s upcoming fall festival fundraiser theme  pulls from a series of adolescent books by JK Rowling about a young wizard with glasses and a lightning bolt scar.

The School of Wizardry will be held at The Church @117 on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 1-4 p.m. at 117 E. Fort St. Admission is free.

“This is a way to do something different and to do something for families too,” said the center’s Executive Director Joyce Prusak. “It’ll be something fun and, hopefully, a little out of the box.”

Prusak described the event as a school fall festival meets a school of wizardry. There themed games like a Wheel of Wands, owl crafts and themed treats.

“We can’t say the name of the characters, so we’re being careful about that,” she explained. “But (the event) fell in line with fall weather and Halloween, school’s back in session – it’s just something different to bring to the community.”

Admission is free, but wizard coins will be available to purchase for certain activities and themed treats.

The public is encouraged to come dressed in their favorite wizard school costumes.

“The more activities that there are for families, even adults or just kids, the better off the community is. We hope to play a small role in that,” Prusak said.

The Children’s Advocacy Center provides intervention and prevention services and trauma-focused treatment services for children. All its services are free to the families. The center relies heavily on grants, private foundations and the community for funding.

JK Rowling authored seven books in the Harry Potter series spanning from 1997-2007. The books, set partially at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry,   were adapted into eight films.   

John has been with the Manchester Times since May 2011. He covers Lifestyles in addition to handling education reporting and general news assignments.John has won Tennessee Press Association awards for Best News Photo and placed in numerous other categories. John is a 1994 graduate of Tullahoma High School, a graduate of Motlow State Community College and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Middle Tennessee State University. He lives in Tullahoma, and enjoys the outdoors with his wife, Mitsy, and his 17-month-old, Sean.

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John has won Tennessee Press Association awards for Best News Photo and placed in numerous other categories. He is a graduate of THS, Motlow and MTSU. He lives in Tullahoma, and enjoys the outdoors with his wife, Mitsy, and his 17-month-old, Sean.

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