harry potter toronto

The Hogwarts Express will be hitting the rails near Toronto

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone turned 20 this year, and it seems like everyone wants to celebrate this magical milestone, including the town of Waterloo, which is conveniently located about an hour and a half southwest of Toronto.

If you're a Potterhead, you might want to consider apparating (or driving down the 401) to the Waterloo Central Railway's Hogwarts Express & Magical Wizards Festival.

It's happening on Saturday, September 30, at the St. Jacobs Village Station. There will be performances and activities running all day, but the marquee attraction will be the Hogwarts Express - also known as the Waterloo Central Railway's 94-year-old steam engine train.

Train tickets are already sold out, but an additional ride has already been added, so here's to hoping more become available soon. Even if you don't ride the train, you can certainly check it out at the festival, which will be a Harry Potter extravaganza.

Lead photo by

Ricky Brigante


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in Sports & Play

Toronto man who made his own ice sail goes viral on TikTok with adventure videos

Even more of Toronto's streets will be closed for pedestrians and cyclists this summer

Toronto bans out-of-towners from using its skating rinks

Tiger Woods once pulled over on a Toronto highway to practice his swing

Man goes viral on TikTok for Toronto lake surfing video

Toronto neighbourhood worked together to build an outdoor ice rink from scratch

The top 10 parks in North York

This local business in Toronto will come to your door to sharpen your ice skates