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Area Wizards

As the final showdown nears, New York’s imaginary Hogwarts alums suit up for battle.


Photographs by Barbara Šaric / Interviews by Rachel Baker

There are nearly 1,000 members in The Group That Shall Not Be Named—the tri-state area’s Harry Potter meet-up society—and 99 percent of them are legally adults. It’s the largest non-online-only Potter group in the world, and when they gather to practice the dark art of dress-up, they often do so in the city. On the eve of the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, the final film in the series, we asked them about life inside their self-created Hogwarts.


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