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As part of Harvard Square's annual Harvard Scare, I saw that the Harvard Museum of Natural History is offering a Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt, where you can pick up a Marauder's Map, and explore hundreds of specimens to test your knowledge of Harry's world.  Not just owls and fierce animals...but they actually have a glass model of wolfsbane (used by Snape for a potion against werewolves) in the Glass Flowers gallery! The opening Saturday will be a festival with all sorts of Potter knowledge, hands-on tables. Muggles alert.

You'll need your finest Hogwarts spell to find a metered parking space out front, so go to the museum’s website at to pre-reserve parking in an adjacent garage.  (There's a 1000 space garage next door, but it has to be pre-reserved in advance online - easy to do, and just $5 on weekends..but don't just arrive by car and expect to get in.You have to print out your parking receipt at home and bring it with you.)

Or take the Commuter train to Porter Square or Red Line T to Harvard Square.  The museum is just a 6-8 minute walk from Harvard Square parking lots and restaurants which are celebrating Harvard Square’s famed annual Harvard Scare over Halloween.  

This Family Learning site has posted an earlier version of the museum's Harry Potter hunt, but this version is new, with clues from the latest Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows book,

There will be both harder and easier questions, so Potter fans of all ages are invited. 

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