Oxbow Meadows to Host Harry Potter Day

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Columbus State University's Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will be cast as the wizarding world of Harry Potter this weekend, but instead of tricks and gimmicks, the boy wizard’s spells will be backed by sound science.

This Saturday, Nov. 5, Oxbow Meadows will host its 2nd annual “Frogwarts,” a Harry Potter-themed event “where science and magic meet,” said Oxbow Meadows Director Michael Dentzau, who will double as Professor Dumbledore during the festivities.

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“Frogwarts is part science show, part flighted bird show,” said Dentzau. “Doc Atoms, Columbus’ ‘Mad Scientist’ and educator will be there to engage young wizards in science demonstrations throughout the afternoon, with special shows starting at 1:15, 2:45 and 4:15 p.m. The staff of Frogwarts also will make Oobleck and Boo Bubbles.”

“Oobleck is a mixture of cornstarch, water and food coloring,” explained Dentzau. “It exists in many states, from gooey to rock solid. We use it to teach the states of matter.” Attendees also will learn some chemistry while blowing Boo Bubbles using dry ice, liquid soap and knit gloves. “It’s scary how strong the Boo Bubbles are,” he joked.

“This event is about presenting science and wildlife education in a fun, relatable way,” said Dentzau. “It's a perfect fit for what we’re doing at Oxbow, which is environmental education in the most engaging way possible.”

A flighted bird show presented by EarthQuest will begin at 2 p.m. and again at 3:30 p.m.

The “frog” in Frogwarts is in reference to Oxbow’s many reptile and amphibian displays. Real frogs (not the chocolate ones from the imagination of J.K Rowling) will be on exhibit inside the center.

Frogwarts will begin at 1 p.m. and end at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 at the environmental learning center on South Lumpkin Road, across from the National Infantry Museum. Admission is $5 per person. Children under the age of three get in free.

Attendees of all ages are encouraged to come in costume.