‘A Night At Hogwarts’ Offers Grown-Up Harry Potter Fans A Chance To Be Wizards

Alisa Hauser
The Pipeline
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2 min readNov 28, 2017


Potion Lab from “The Making of Harry Potter” [Bill Smith/Creative Commons]

WICKER PARK — Adventurous adults will bring the Harry Potter world of witchcraft and wizardry to life at a science-based laboratory that’s usually just for kids this Friday.

Set for 7–8:30 p.m. Friday at The Laboratory, 2349 W. North Ave., “A Night at Hogwarts” will recreate the fictional boarding school made famous in author J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.

Participants will be sorted into one of four Hogwarts houses in order to partake in immersive classes in Transfiguration, Divination, Alchemy and Dragons, according to The Laboratory co-owner Amy Kang.

Kang, an English teacher with Chicago Public Schools, opened The Laboratory in March 2015 with her husband, CPS science teacher Edward Kang.

Amy Kang told Pipeline that the idea to host a night just for adults was parent-driven and a few years in the making.

“Our Harry Potter parties and camps for kids have always been really popular, and parents kept asking us to make an adult version because they wanted to try it out, too,” Amy Kang said.

Friday’s event will include a mix of experiments, challenges and trivia. House points will be awarded throughout the evening and a winning house will be determined at the end.

Tables are ticketed in groups of four to six, starting at $140 for four guests and $20 for each additional guest up to six.

The school serves a maximum of 24 students, at four tables. As of Tuesday morning, three of the tables were already booked, but there is space in a “Hogwarts ExpressPOOL” where single people can buy individual tickets for $20 and be put into the fourth table.

Kang said a second adults-only “A Night at Hogwarts” is planned for New Year’s Eve, with times and other details coming soon.

Visit The Laboratory’s website, or call 312–953–2996 to enroll.

Edward and Amy Kang. [DNAinfo/Alisa Hauser]
The Laboratory. [Provided]
A taste of what’s in store for adult Harry Potter fans this Friday. [Provided]



Alisa Hauser
The Pipeline

Portlander / Washingtonian since December 2018. Former Block Club, DNAinfo and Chicago Pipeline reporter.