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Posted: Friday, August 16, 2013 4:30 am

Mugbloods, witches, wizards and muggles of all ages are invited to check out the Harry Potter extravaganza hosted by the Stewart C. Meyer Library at GeekFest on Saturday and Sunday at Central Texas College in Killeen.

The extravaganza will feature Harry Potter-themed events such as Quidditch tournaments, a “Jeopardy”-style trivia game, a Hidden Hallows scavenger hunt, and an official tri-wizard tournament.

“Don’t worry. There will be no real dragons,” said Lisa Youngblood, library director. “CTC will not allow us to bring those in because they are a health hazard.”

The Quidditch matches using custom-made equipment is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, with enthusiasts on hand to give tips on playing the game.

Dustin Freeman, who built the Quidditch equipment, is one of those enthusiasts. He said Quidditch is a growing pastime gaining popularity in colleges throughout the nation.

“Every major college has a team,” he said. “(The) University of Texas won the world cup this year in Kissimmee, Fla., and Baylor University won the southwest regionals at College Station.”

The Hidden Hallows scavenger hunt is from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday starting in the Common Room at CTC. Contestants who find the most items will be entered into a drawing for a Nobel wand.

The tri-wizard tournament is 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Contestants must arrive at 1 p.m. to qualify, then the three most gifted witches or wizards will compete at 2 p.m. for another Nobel wand.

The “Jeopardy”-style trivia game starts at 1 p.m. Saturday with the final round in the dome at 4 p.m.

More trivia games, magic wand practice sessions, crafts for children, a Hogwarts choir, Pokemon tournaments and Harry Potter book and movie discussions will be featured at the extravaganza.

For more information about GeekFest, go to www.starsatnight.org/geekfest/.

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