Fancy some tea or butterbeer? Harry Potter themed afternoon serves up a treat in Cardiff this weekend

The Coal Exchange Hotel is hosting an enchanting event for fans, just in time for the 20th anniversary reunion of the beloved franchise

A man and a woman dressed up in Slytherin and Gryffindor uniforms, standing in front of the Hogwarts house banners in Coal Exchange Hotel for the Harry Potter afternoon
Hogwarts may not be there to welcome you home this time but brace yourself to be overcome with nostalgia at the hotel’s own Great Hall. Credit: Coal Exchange Hotel

Dust off your robes and take a trip down memory lane this weekend as the historic Coal Exchange Hotel is hosting a Harry Potter themed afternoon tea.

The event on Sunday 12 December is aptly titled the Wizards and Witches Afternoon Tea and starts at 12:30pm and runs until 4pm in the hotel’s own Great Hall, based in the city’s Mount Stuart Square.  

A replace of the letter Harry Potter receives in The Philosopher's Stone
There is no need to RSVP by an owl for the event! Credit: Coal Exchange Hotel

After a few glasses of wine, I asked, why isn’t anyone doing [a Harry Potter] event in Cardiff?

Ieuan Davies

Social media manager for the hotel Ieuan Davies was inspired to host the event while bingeing the eight-movie marathon. He said, “After a few glasses of wine, I asked, why isn’t anyone doing an event in Cardiff? I went to my manager who agreed and from then on it grew into something big.”

The afternoon tea is a chance for Potterheads to revel in the Potterverse once more, as fans look forward to new content from the beloved franchise dropping on 1 January, 2022. Their childhood favourites will be reuniting on screen in a special reunion show for HBO Max called Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts. All eight films will also be available to stream.

The specially themed afternoon tea is the third edition of the hotel’s event and the setting will be transformed into Hogwarts’ Great Hall. Expect to be greeted by the most-loved characters on arrival, and consume themed cocktails, sand-witches, and sweets on par with Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans. 

Josh Andrews and Kally Loren from Capital FM will also be hosting an interactive quiz with mystery prizes up for grabs.

A group of men dressed in Harry Potter robes and uniforms
While you can compete for quiz prizes in teams, all houses get along on this magical evening. Credit: Coal Exchange Hotel

Ieuan said approximately 250 people will be in attendance but in line with Covid-19 safety guidelines the staff will be wearing face masks and will take lateral flow tests prior to the event to ensure everyone’s safety. 

Tickets cost £32.50 for adults and £17.50 for children. More information about the event can be found here. Guests are highly encouraged to sport their house colours. 

Have a pint or two of Butterbeer but remember not to kiss any dementors! 

Choosing house colours

Ever wondered which house you would be in based on your favourite location in Cardiff? Created by Nikita Achanta.
A boxout depicting which Hogwarts house a person would be in based on their favourite place in Cardiff