The Philosopher’s Scone: magic tricks at Harvey Nicks

Gemma Gibb, Associate Editor
Image courtesy of MSI

The Philosopher’s Scone at Harvey Nichols’ Second Floor Brasserie, City Centre 24 October 2016 Tickets from £12.00 — Book now

Book now and raid your wardrobe for your best Hogwarts threads for one of the hottest tickets of this year’s Manchester Science Festival.

Enter the world of Harry Potter and experience a family afternoon tea like no other with Roger Highfield, author of The Science of Harry Potter: How Magic Really Works followed by a screening of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Budding witches and wizards along with their Muggle grown-ups can feast their way through a magical menu including special sandwiches, chocolate frog rocky road cake, red velvet golden cake pops and snake eye scones.

Engaging speaker Highfield will delight big and little Harry Potter fans alike in revealing some key principles and theories of Potter’s world. Find out if the secret of the Nimbus 2000 broomstick’s ability to fly can be explained by the discovery of “gravity-shielding effects”, if the Griffin is really a species of dinosaur and if Fluffy the three-headed dog can be explained by current thinking in molecular biology.

Celebrating its tenth birthday this year, we love that the Festival, produced by the Museum of Science of Industry, is teaming up with Harvey Nichols to continue to push the boundaries of what science events for families can be like, offering special experiences like this alongside its great free programme. Oh, and we also love that we can dress up.

The Philosopher’s Scone at Harvey Nichols’ Second Floor Brasserie, City Centre 24 October 2016 Tickets from £12.00 Book now

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