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Attendees Say The Montreal "Harry Potter Beerfest" Was A Scam & Want Their Money Back

It certainly was not what the event description promised.
Attendees Say The Montreal "Harry Potter Beerfest" Was A Scam & Want Their Money Back
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  • On November 15, Lol Event Group hosted a Harry Potter-inspired wizard festival in Montreal, and it seems it wasn't what participants were expecting.
  • 600 people participated in this evening, and many of them have spoken out about being extremely dissatisfied with their experience.
  • Read comments from participants and watch a YouTuber's version of the evening below!

Earlier this fall, an event quite out of the ordinary made a lot of noise in Montreal. The Lol Event Group announced a Canada-wide tour of the Harry Potter-inspired wizard festival. The festival happened in Montreal this past Friday, November 15, and it seems that the evening was a real fiasco for visitors, who are now requesting a refund.

This wizard inspired "Adults Only" festival promised to transform Montreal's Rialto Theater into "a world of magical wonder."

However, it seems that the 600 participants at the party were extremely disappointed with the organization, which they felt was not magic in the slightest.

The organization promised an evening inspired by the world of Harry Potter by offering its guests, according to the description of the event, beverages such as "Polyjuice Potion, the Butter Beer, Unicorn Blood, and the Hair Of The Multi-Headed Dog."

[rebelmouse-image 26888325 photo_credit="Lol Event Group" expand=1 original_size="468x195"] Lol Event Group

Other dishes and activities that made reference to the Harry Potter fantasy world, such as Luna's pudding, Butterscotch Beer flavoured popcorn, and the opportunity to go through Diagon Alley are what caught the attention of the Montreal Potterheads, who were expecting an evening worth fifty dollars, since that's how much the tickets to the event were.

But, it seems that's not that they got at all. On the Facebook page Cheated by LOL Event Group, which was created almost immediately after the event was over, many dissatisfied customers denounce this scam.

According to one of the participants who were present told Narcity Québec that "Everything that was announced was not there. No Harry Potter drinks, no serious animation - I can not believe it [...] It's a hard scam."

"The event was more than misleading and the promotion of it was all lies. Lol Event Group simply scammed the people who paid $50 for their ticket," another participant told us.

This Youtuber, NerdEJackie, filmed their experience that reflects the result of the evening.

On the Harry Potter Fans in Montreal Facebook page, Lol Event Group shared a post about last night's event to gather feedback from guests to help improve any future events.

[rebelmouse-image 26888326 photo_credit="Fans d'Harry Potter \u00e0 Montr\u00e9al / Harry Potter fans in Montr\u00e9al | Facebook" expand=1 original_size="468x294"] Fans d'Harry Potter à Montréal / Harry Potter fans in Montréal | Facebook

The participants of this evening felt cheated and are expressing their aggressiveness on social networks.

[rebelmouse-image 26888327 photo_credit="Fans of Harry Potter in Montreal | Facebook" expand=1 original_size="504x374"] Fans of Harry Potter in Montreal | Facebook

[rebelmouse-image 26888328 photo_credit="Harry Potter fans in Montr\u00e9al | Facebook" expand=1 original_size="499x457"] Harry Potter fans in Montréal | Facebook

The company defends itself by mentioning that its intention was not to create a Harry Potter-themed event, but rather it was supposed to be "a wizard theme... to provide a fun magical experience."

[rebelmouse-image 26888329 photo_credit="Harry Potter fans in Montr\u00e9al | Facebook" expand=1 original_size="719x640"] Harry Potter fans in Montréal | Facebook

Participants do not believe a word of this, as they recall the description of the evening.

Several of them are now seeking reimbursement through Eventbrite, the site that sold the tickets. Some have received their PayPal refund while others are still waiting.

Narcity attempted to join Lol Event Group via phone and email for more details. This article will be updated as soon as we have an answer.

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