Hogwarts comes to Iron Mountain

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IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. (WLUC) - Harry Potter fans and young wizards came from near and far to gather at Pine Grove Country Club, in Iron Mountain, for a special cause.

That special cause was a fundraiser for the Dickinson Area Community Foundation.

Tamara Juul is the Executive Director of the foundation and was herself dressed up like a wizard when I had a chance to speak with her.

"We're really excited tonight. We've got out first ever Harry Potter event and the response has been tremendous."

The evening include dinner and activities for 204 fans. The event sold out quickly with no advertising.

The money raised will be going to a very specific area of the organization.

"The fundraiser is for our mini grant program. Each year we give away about $20,000 in mini grants and we have to raise all that money in order to award it."

There was everything a Harry Potter fan could want.

There was Ollivander's Wand Shop, Honeydukes Legendary Wizarding Sweets Shop and the transfiguration photo booth and everywhere you looked, all the classic characters were there.

"We're grateful to have both the Dickinson County Community Theater Group here as well as Friends of the Braumart."

Sirius Black and Dolores Umbridge were there. I was even able to speak with Professor Dumbledore.

"You know I'm quite impressed by the amount of students here at Hogwarts tonight...It's a magical place to be."

Juul said the organization had the community and fans to thank for the success.

"We want to thank the community for all the tremendous support and all the Harry Potter fans who have really jumped on board and gotten excited about the event."

But I also wanted to make sure the young wizards were having a good time so I found one named Alex Rittenhouse and asked if he was enjoying his evening.

"It's really cool. It's like everything about Hogwarts, Honeydukes, and Diagon Alley. It's really cool."

And with tonight's success a return to Hogwarts next year seems like a good bet.

That sounds like a good amount of magic for one night.

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