Beware of dragons around Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus Oct. 24, because that’s the first task in the Triwizard Tournament.
The dragons might just be dressed-up students who spray water instead of fire to distract participants, but the Alliance for Awesome’s third annual Triwizard Tournament starts at 2 p.m. in the Mundelein Palm Court. The event is based off the tournament in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The Alliance for Awesome’s Triwizard Tournament features three tasks that resemble the ones in the book. Last year, there was a scavenger hunt, race and maze.
“My favorite part is seeing everyone laughing and having a good time,” said Leia Asimacopoulos, Alliance for Awesome president. “It brings people together.”
The club plans to donate all the proceeds from the event to the National Alliance on Mental Illness to help people keep the dementors away, Asimacopoulos said. Their goal is to raise at least $777, because seven is a special number in the series, she said. For example, there are seven books, seven years at Hogwarts and seven players in Quidditch. They raised more than $800 last year.
“We like to give back,” said Tim Frye, Alliance for Awesome secretary. “Just because we’re having fun doesn’t mean we can’t do some good, even as little as it is. [As students] we’re always running around doing classes, jobs [and] internships. We’re all focused on ourselves … it’s hard to find opportunities to give back and fit that into your schedule. It adds to the whole event.”
The event is open to any Loyola student for $5 and community member for $7. Participants are welcome to come with or without a team. Teams range from four to six people.
Before the tournament starts, each team is solidified, and then they choose a name. Among Asimacopoulos favorites from last year were “I Just Got a Floo Shot” and “The Half-Blooded Jesuits.” Asimacopoulos wouldn’t reveal details about this year’s events, but she said they would be similar to last year’s.
Frye, who helped organize the event, is most looking forward to the maze task.
“It’s going to be more psychological [than last year],” said Frye. “It’s a battle of wits more than anything.”
The event normally ends around 5 p.m., but participants are welcome to stay for free food from Leona’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria.
Last year’s tournament had 30 to 40 participants. Asimacopoulos is hoping for 50 this year.
The organization also hosts a readathon in the spring that has about 100 participants. The seven-hour event is spent reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone while attendees make wands and snitches, have a costume contest and raise money for charity.
The Alliance for Awesome is a chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance, an international organization that promotes social justice through the inspiration and stories found in the Harry Potter series.