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Pop Culture Happenings: Harry Potter, Jurassic World, Fragapalooza & Animethon

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Midnight Release Celebration  Harry Potter and the Cursed Child / Sat, Jul 30

Audreys Books will host a celebration for the newest release in the Harry Potter book series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Events include magical activities and—as they put it—”ridikulus” entertainment. The eighth installment will not be a traditional novel, but the script from the play, which opened in London. Set 19 years after the last book, Harry is now a part of the Ministry of Magic and his young son Albus struggles with the weight of his family’s legacy.

The Science Behind Jurassic World / Thurs, Aug 4

Happy Harbor’s Lady Geeks uNite   hosts paleontologists Angelica Torices and Katerine Bramble for a talk about the science behind the Jurassic World films. Discover what’s real or made up, and the impact of the movie version of these large creatures on science and society.

Fragapalooza 2016 / Thurs, Aug 4 – Sun, Aug 7

Time to get your computers ready, console controllers charged up, and game faces on. Leduc’s Fragapalooza is one of the biggest Local Area Network (LAN) parties around and features four days of non-stop gaming. Gamers bring their own computers, consoles and games while playing on a high speed LAN. Possible games include the Quake series, Starcraft and many more. Those with a competitive streak will be happy to know the event includes tournaments, and welcomes all skill levels. (Leduc Recreation Centre)

Animethon / Fri, Aug 5 – Sun, Aug 7

MacEwan University’s lawn will be filled with multi-coloured costumes as it once again plays host to Animethon. Celebrating everything Japanese animation, the convention takes over the 106 Street building all the way to the 109th Street building. Crowds are huge, with attendees from all over Alberta and beyond. The event includes screenings of popular anime, voice actors and music guests, a vendors hall, maid café, a fashion show and much more. (Grant MacEwan University)

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