Cupcakes and activities themed after the popular series at Carytown CupcakesBy: Rebecca Lovato, Special Contributor
Harry Potter has come to Richmond, Virginia. Or, more specifically, Carytown. The boy wizard is in town, and not just Daniel Radcliffe.
From Oct. 19 – Nov. 1, local cupcake eatery in Carytown, Carytown Cupcakes, welcomed visitors to Hogwarts in time to celebrate Halloween. The small venue, located next to Galaxy Diner and across from Can Can, decorated itself for the occasion, complete with acceptance letters, a cutout of the flying Ford Anglia, and plenty of cobwebs.
Carytown Cupcakes developed six different Harry Potter-themed cupcakes, including flavors like Butterbeer, Polyjuice Potion, and Dementor’s Kiss. Additionally, the Sorting Hat cupcake was filled with a different color cream on the inside, depicting into which Hogwarts House the eater was then “sorted”.
Not only did the cupcake shop decorate its walls and cupcakes, but it also played host to a number of Harry Potter-themed events. Oct. 21 saw a family-friendly reading from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone from a young “McGonagall,” and on Oct. 23 the shop hosted trivia.
Both nights, the line for cupcakes was out the door, and the small shop could not accommodate the surging number of people who wanted inside. Some of the flavors sold out before the event even officially began, and pre-orders were backed up until the next week.
The reading was difficult to hear and enjoy because of the cramped space, poor acoustics, and large number of children running around, the sugar shocking their systems. The butterbeer, a classic Harry Potter drink advertised as available, was completely depleted at least thirty minutes before the event even officially began.
The “McGonagall” (a twenty-something employee dressed up in robes), however, read the excerpt from a dog-eared paperback with enthusiasm and even included British voices for the characters.
The trivia night was so crowded, that even arriving early did not guarantee seats for any of the three rounds of trivia. Fans had begun to gather as early as three o’clock, and most of the people in the line outside the door did not get in. Present company included. Rumor has it that the trivia master’s knowledge of Harry Potter was questionable, having not read the books nor seen the movies.
Carytown Cupcakes said it hadn’t expected this kind of reaction, which is evident from their lack of cupcakes and space for the events. Perhaps next year they’ll cater the event to a bigger venue. For now, the originally week-long event has been extended another week to accommodate the large number of customers who want to relive the magic of Harry Potter.