The Dumbledore Santa event was a huge success! We raised $7300 for Pancreatic Cancer Research, bringing our total since we opened on Halloween to $16,300.
The girls and their friends sold $3000 in Butter Beer and hot chocolate. Part of that is going to there Nature Bridge 5th grade end of the year field trip, some to paying back their parents for supplies and a little bit for each of them to do with what they want.
An estimated 5000 visitors came to the alley this weekend including nearly 60 volunteers to help with the event.
As seen in the Daily Prophet report this morning, Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore will be making a rare appearance in Diagon Alley on December 2nd and 3rd. During those days the alley is open all day, however Dumbledore will only be available from 1pm until 6pm.
Also, this just in from the Daily Prophet weather department, snow is in the forecast!
Come prepared, lines could be up to 30-60 minutes to get through Ministry security, so dress warm. Wands are ok the Ministry says, but they say keep your 4 legged magical beasts at home please. Muggles welcome for this event only!
Do you have an amazing costume from the Harry Potter world, and love getting into its character? I am looking for a select few to accompany Professors Dumbledore and Trelawney on December 2nd and 3rd for a magical weekend event, pictures with Dumbledore Santa. All proceeds from this event will go to Pancreatic Cancer Research.
I hear snow is forecasted for that weekend in Diagon Alley and the setting will be truly magical.
So please contact me if you are interested in entertaining a couple thousand guests for a good cause on that weekend. You can send pictures and/or video of you in costume to me at jonchambers dot com, or just a message saying your interested and what character you like getting into.
I stared the day by applying 5 bandaids to my cracked and sore hands, then took a couple of Aleve to help ignore them.
My goal today is to get all this painted and up…
James showed up with the boys and were a huge help today. Along with Chris they put these things up high on the Ollivanders wall.
I managed to get the scissors done before help showed up.
Another long day today and even more help! I love my circle of friends, I love my community, this is an amazing outpouring of help and support.
Bill with more junk from his backyard that was perfect!
He got to finishing up the roof lines today as well.
Michael and Zoe were back and brought their friend Preston. Together they rocked more bricks and we ended up getting it all painted. The kids that showed up painted all the bricks after the base paint was on.
Q13 Fox crew showed up today to shoot and interview. Avery loved it but Haley and Jennifer not so much.
Yesterday April Parrish went home and said she was making all the vinyl lettering for the shops that I was planning on hand painting today. Thank goodness she took over because I wouldn’t have got them done, no way no how. Her and her family showed up late with a box full of goodies and they are freaking perfect!
I capped the day off by getting back to some of the 3d printed effects. I can’t wait to put up the Golden Snitch, it turned out perfect! The wings are 3d printed in NinjaFlex so they are flexible and will flap in the wind a bit.
Ok, this day was completely nuts. I had tons of help, so much that I spent the entire day delegating.
Joe Simpson showed up early and got started on shaping bricks for the wall. Sorry Joe, not the funniest job.
Zoe and Michael showed up in the afternoon to relieve Joe, after his fingers fell off.
The result of all their hard brick making work really paid off. The #diagonalleyproject now has a proper entrance to match how epic this thing is going to be.
The Waddell’s dropped Lucy off and her and Haley got to painting Madam Malkin’s.
There was a lot of brown paint to finish today, so the Miller-Klein’s were the lucky ducks to get that assignment.
And then my Sister Martha showed up with the grand kids and they took over the brown sky bridge painting, with the help of Avery naturally. 🙂
Achim and Bill were all over the place working their magic today.
April & Matt Parish showed up with their girls and got to painting, starting with the remaining purple then moving to the green. Florish & Blotts, Magical Menagerie and Madam Malkins all painted today!