Why You Should Visit Odense If You Are a Fan of Harry Potter

Some things you just have to see for yourself.

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Odense is the third-largest city in Denmark. It has a population of 175,245 as of January 2016, and is the main city of the island of Funen. Odense has close associations with Hans Christian Andersen who is remembered above all for his fairy tales. He was born in the city in 1805 and spent his childhood years there. But besides an old author, what else does Odense hold? 

In 2017 it was announced and confirmed from both ESL and Odense that the worlds largest e-sport event ESL Pro league Offline was to be hosted at Sparekassen Fyn Arena.  

Odense's most famous landmark was Odinstårnet (The Odin Tower) constructed in 1935, as the second-tallest tower in Europe, only surpassed by the Eiffel Tower with its 177 meters. Odinstårnet was blown up by a Danish Nazi group in 1944 and has never been rebuilt. However, a miniature model now stands in Odinsparken in the area where the original tower was located. 

But why should you leave the capital of Denmark, the amazing Copenhagen, for the third-largest city in Denmark? Well. There are quite a lot of reasons if you ask me. First of all... Did you know that Odense is hosting an annual Harry Potter Festival?

Harry Potter Festival Odense, is an annual event which takes place in the autumn holidays (week 42). The festival is organized by Odense libraries in collaboration with a number of cultural institutions and actors. In 2016, around 10,000 people participated in the festival.

Harry Potter festival is a festival for the whole family. Most activities aimed at children aged 8-12 years, but there are also activities for youth, adults, wizards as well as Muggles regardless of age. 

You can buy magical food at the food stands in the King's Garden, at Franciscan Square and delicious muggle-food at the cafe at Kulturmaskinen in the Brandts area. Note—This can not be paid with galleons. However, a wide range of activities can be bought with just a few galleons. Do you not have galleons? Do not worry. The goblins at Gringotts are always ready to help you out. 

The Harry Potter Festival in Odense lets you ride the Hogwarts Express, visit magical locations, pet a unicorn, and most important of all... Quidditch! You heard me. The Harry Potter Festival is hosting a huge Quidditch tournament in which several international teams are competing. This is the closest thing you get to an actual Quidditch World Cup.

Harry Potter festival is organized by Odense libraries with support from Odense, Odense City Association, City house, Focus Lawyers P/S, Skjøde and HD Properties. The festival is held in cooperation with the Brandts, Fynsk Business, History House, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Brandts 13, Media Museum, Danish Railway Museum, Abbey Church, Time Collection, Kulturmaskinen, Odense Film Festival, Odense Film Workshop, The Danish Scout Association, the Royal. Ballet School Odense, Møntergårde, stores Vintapperstræde, Fredo's Coffee Right, patisserie cake canister, SDU, Hans Christian Andersen Center, IQA - International Quidditch Association, Odense Zoo, Odense Aafart, student house, experienced role players, and a lot of amazing volunteers, all of which are to make the festival possible, provide a magical experience for young and old from near and far.

Harry Potter Festival in Odense and harrypotterfestival.dk created by Odense libraries to pay homage to the Harry Potter universe, as well as disseminating literature for children and young people.

Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling are not associated with or responsible for Harry Potter Festival in Odense. Although a few years ago J.K. Rowling actually visited the festival, to greet her fans and sign their books.  

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