Maria Glotfelter
Features Editor

Last Saturday, The Rabbit and the Dragonfly hosted a Harry Potter event (Photo courtesy of Maria Glotfelter).

The Rabbit and the Dragonfly is a fairly new café located in downtown Lancaster. The quirky café was modeled after the pub where the Inklings met, an author group which both J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis were members of. The café is alive with themes from the ever-popular series such as Narnia and the Lord of the Rings. However, these are not the only much-loved series celebrated by the Rabbit and the Dragonfly. This past Saturday, October 29, the Rabbit and the Dragonfly hosted a Harry Potter theme night.

The event was held from 6:00-9:00PM. The family-friendly event encouraged all Harry Potter fans to come in costume. The town of Lancaster was certainly getting into the Halloween spirit a little early at the Rabbit and the Dragonfly. Adults and children alike were dressed up in their best wizarding attire. Some wore cloaks, some wore the Hogwartz school uniform, and there were even fans who ha
d their own staves and wands.

Rachel Ashmore shows her Harry Potter spirit by dressing in Ravenclaw attire (Photo courtesy of Maria Glotfelter).

The Rabbit and the Dragonfly was getting into the Harry Potter spirit as well. There were Harry Potter-themed drinks available such as Butterbeer, the Neville Longbottom, and the Lily Bottom. These traditional drinks with a fun spin on them were well-received by customers. Along with their themed drinks, the café hosted a “horcrux hunt” event. Just like in the series itself, seven horcruxes were hidden throughout the Rabbit and the Dragonfly. The first three groups to find all seven horcruxes were awarded a prize. Besides this Harry-Potter themed scavenger hunt, there was trivia later in the evening.

The trivia was definitely the biggest event at the Harry Potter party. The trivia consisted of six total rounds. Each round had a total of ten questions, with the rounds increasing in difficulty as the trivia progressed. Some of the questions were simple such as: “What mythical creature can you only see after seeing someone who was dead?” or “When is Harry Potter’s birthday?” Other questions that were more esoteric and only the most devout Harry Potter fans would know the answer to them.

Besides the Harry Potter fans, there were still some customers who were just there at the Rabbit and the Dragonfly having a quiet night out. Many people were playing cards, chess, or were simply just talking, enjoyed the camaraderie around them. The Rabbit and the Dragonfly definitely appeals to book and fantasy lovers of all types.

The Harry Potter event at the Rabbit and the Dragonfly was definitely a hit with locals. Kids and adults alike showed up to show their Harry Potter in either garb, spirit, or both! Events like these might just attract more and more Lancaster residents to the charmingly peculiar Rabbit and the Dragonfly café!