J-14 readers Kate Weiksnar and Sydney McCabe were so excited to check out Harry Potter: The Exhibition in New York City on a sunny July day. But they got much more than they bargained for when they ran into Greyson Chance, who was spending the day at the exhibit with J-14! Kate and Sydney wanted to share with you their encounter with their idol in a J-14 Reader Blog, and to see more photos from J-14's day with Greyson at Harry Potter: The Exhibition, make sure to pick up our September issue, on stands Monday, August 15.
"So the other day, I was in New Jersey with my cousins and my aunt and we decided to go to see Harry Potter: The Exhibition in New York City -- I absolutely love Harry Potter! When we got there, it was so amazing! When you walk in, you can get sorted by the Sorting Hat and everything! The staff wears robes and talks with a British accent -- so cool! They take you into these huge hallways that are full of props from the movies. They have Harry and Ron's beds, the Boggart closet from Prisoner of Azkaban, and they even have Dolores Umbridge's office! Everything is up close, so you can look at the details.
My cousin Sydney and I were walking over to the Mandrake pulling station and there were some people taking pictures of this boy, who was maybe thirteen or so. Since you're not allowed to take pictures in the exhibition, my aunt asked the lady who worked there if a photo shoot was going on. While the two were talking, the boy turned around, smiled, and IT WAS GREYSON CHANCE! Sydney and I then went into the Hagrid's hut section and while we were checking out all the neat stuff, Greyson walked past. I wanted to meet him, but I was kind of nervous. So, my aunt walked up to the photographer and asked if we could take a picture with him. The photographer told us we should ask Greyson. When we did, he was so polite about it! Greyson agreed and smiled, and we all posed for a picture. It was the coolest thing ever!" --Kate
"Everyone in my family has always been big Harry Potter fans. We've gone to all the movies, read the books, and went to Hogwarts at Universal Studios in Orlando! When my mom told me we were going to a Harry Potter Exhibit in New York, with my cousins from Florida, I was really excited... but not as excited as my cousin Kate and I were when we spotted Greyson Chance! It was really cool and quite surprising! Who would have thought we would meet Greyson Chance while potting Mandrakes?!" --Sydney
Photo: Mike Coppolla/Gety Images For J-14 Magazine